Jury finds Jonathan Majors guilty of assault and harassment of ex-girlfriend

Jonathan Majors was found guilty on Monday of two of the four counts brought against him.

The nine-person jury found the actor guilty of misdemeanor assault and harassment in connection with a March 25 incident that erupted, according to Manhattan prosecutors, between Majors and his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.

Following the verdict, the judge ordered a new order of protection and set the sentencing date for Feb. 6.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said his office is “committed to centering survivors in all of our work” and thanked Jabbari for “bravely telling her story despite having to relive her trauma on the stand.”

“The evidence presented throughout this trial illustrated a cycle of psychological and emotional abuse, and escalating patterns of coercion far too common across the many intimate partner violence cases we see each and every day,” Bragg said in a statement.

In a statement to NBC News, Majors’ attorney Priya Chaudhry said: “It is clear that the jury did not believe Grace Jabbari’s story of what happened in the SUV because they found that Mr. Majors did not intentionally cause any injuries to her. We are grateful for that. We are disappointed, however, that despite not believing Ms. Jabbari, the jury nevertheless found that Mr. Majors was somehow reckless while she was attacking him.”

“Mr. Majors is grateful to God, his family, his friends, and his fans for their love and support during these harrowing eight months. Mr. Majors still has faith in the process and looks forward to fully clearing his name,” Chaudhry added.

The verdict appeared to have an immediate effect on Majors’ career in Hollywood, including his key role in the future of the Marvel superhero franchise. Marvel Studios will not be moving forward with the actor, who plays the villainous Kang the Conquerer and had been slated to appear in 2026’s “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision.

During the two-week trial, Jabbari took the stand for several days. Majors did not testify.

Jonathan Majors after his pre trial hearing in New York City on August 3, 2023.
Jonathan Majors after his pre trial hearing in New York City on August 3, 2023. Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images

Jabarri testified that throughout their relationship she was “scared” of Majors and also feared he would hurt himself if she left him.

In their opening statement, prosecutors said Majors slapped Jabbari in the face and fractured the middle finger on one of her hands after she took his phone. Street surveillance footage from the night shows Jabbari getting out of the SUV and Majors picking her up and putting her back into the car. Prosecutors claim the actor threw her back inside the vehicle “like a football.”

Majors, 34, has denied striking Jabbari and his lawyers contend he was actually the victim, and suffered scratches.

Majors’ attorney said Jabarri went out dancing with strangers after the alleged abusive encounter. But Jabarri claimed she was seeking comfort by those who came to her aid on a street corner following the assault.

Chaudhry has also suggested that the fact that Majors is Black and Jabbari is white is the reason he — and not she — was arrested after the alleged altercation.

The star of “Creed III” and the critically acclaimed 2019 independent film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” Majors’ rapid rise to superstardom was stalled in March after the allegations emerged.

In late October, the Disney-owned distribution label Searchlight Pictures removed the Majors-starring bodybuilding drama “Magazine Dreams” from the fall movie calendar. The film, which earned raves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, apparently does not have a release date. Majors’ future with Marvel was also unclear before Monday’s verdict.