Jonathan Majors, a prominent actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is slated to go to trial next month on assault charges after a New York judge denied his motion to dismiss the case. The trial is scheduled for November 29, according to the Manhattan District Attorney.
The charges against Majors stem from an incident in March, during which the 34-year-old actor was taken into custody for alleged abuse of his then-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, 30, during a car ride to an apartment in Chelsea, a neighbourhood in New York.
This incident unfolded at a crucial juncture in Majors’ career, as he was gaining recognition in Hollywood. Having previously starred in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” he was on the brink of a breakout year with significant roles in the March release “Creed III” and February’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” His appearances on the Disney+ show “Loki” also positioned him as a potential major villain in Disney’s multibillion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s worth noting that CNBC reached out to both Disney and Majors’ defence team for comment.
Following the alleged assault, Jabbari, a choreographer, was taken to the hospital for what the police described as “minor injuries to her head and neck.” A preliminary investigation by the police substantiated Jabbari’s claims, categorizing the incident as a “domestic dispute.”
Jonathan Majors vehemently denied the accusations against him and countered with a misdemeanour assault charge against Jabbari, asserting that she had attacked him. In a recent development, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced that Jabbari would not face prosecution for any crimes related to the case, as reported by NBC News.
Prior to the incident, Majors and Jabbari had been in a relationship for several years. Subsequently, Jabbari was granted a temporary order of protection against Majors, a move reported by Variety. Furthermore, Majors’ defence team has filed a motion to keep certain sensitive evidence confidential to safeguard his right to a fair trial. As of now, the judge has not issued a ruling on this motion.
The charges against Jonathan Majors include misdemeanour counts of assault and harassment. If convicted, he could potentially face up to a year in jail. The upcoming trial will be closely watched by both the entertainment industry and the public, given Majors’ rising status in Hollywood and his association with major franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.