Jonathan Majors: I Was 'Shocked' by Verdict

Former MCU star gives first interview since his assault conviction against ex-girlfriend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 8, 2024 1:51 PM CST
Jonathan Majors: I Was 'Shocked' by Verdict
Jonathan Majors leaves a criminal courthouse in Manhattan on Dec. 18.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)

In his first interview since his assault and harassment conviction last month, actor Jonathan Majors said he was shocked by the New York jury's verdict. "I was absolutely shocked and afraid," Majors said Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. "I'm standing there and the verdict comes down. I say, 'How is that possible based off the evidence, based off the prosecution's evidence, let alone our evidence? How is that possible?'" A Manhattan jury found the 34-year-old emerging Hollywood star guilty of one misdemeanor assault charge and one harassment violation for a March altercation with his then-girlfriend Grace Jabbari, per the AP. He faces the possibility of up to a year in jail for the assault conviction at his sentencing set for Feb. 6, though probation or other non-jail sentences also are possible. Majors was acquitted of a different assault charge and of aggravated harassment

Just hours after the verdict, Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Company dropped him from all upcoming projects. The dispute between Majors and Jabbari began in the backseat of a chauffeured car and spilled into the streets of Manhattan. Jabbari, a British dancer in her early 30s, accused Majors of hitting her in the head with his open hand, twisting her arm behind her back, and squeezing her middle finger until it fractured. "That did not happen," Majors told GMA. Asked how Jabbari was injured, Majors responded, "I wish to God I knew. That would give clarity. That would give me some type of peace about it." Majors' lawyers alleged at trial that Jabbari flew into a jealous rage after reading a text from another woman on his phone. They said Jabbari had spread a "fantasy" to take down the actor, who was only trying to regain his phone and get away safely.

Surveillance video shows Majors running off with Jabbari chasing him. "If you watch those videos and you reverse that and you saw a Black man chasing a young white girl down the street screaming and crying, that man is going to be shot and killed in the streets of New York City," Majors said. Separate surveillance video shows Majors lifting Jabbari into an SUV. Majors said he was speaking because he "felt like it was time." "A lot has happened in my personal life, in my career, and the culture," he said. "It's about responsibility and coming forward and being brave and giving my part of the story." In a statement to ABC News, Brittany Henderson, an attorney for Jabbari, said it isn't surprising that Majors "continues to take no accountability for his actions" and the timing "demonstrates a clear lack of remorse for his actions."

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