A jury found actor Jonathan Majors guilty of reckless assault and harassment today. As a result of the guilty verdict, Marvel has dropped Majors from their future projects, in which he was set to star as Kang the Conqueror.
Majors was first arrested in March on felony domestic assault charges. The charges stem from an altercation that took place in Manhattan, New York between Majors and his then girlfriend Grace Jabbari. At the time, the woman, who remains unnamed, was brought to a nearby hospital with minor injuries to her head and neck following the alleged altercation. Majors’ lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, said that he was “completely innocent and is provably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows.”
Chaudry then provided text messages that were presumed to “prove his innocence” to TMZ. In the months following the arrest, a Rolling Stone investigation brought forth allegations from a number of other women who Majors had both personal and professional relationships with. Majors had a history of violent behavior dating back to his graduate school career at Yale University.
Now, the trial continues to spark conversation across social media platforms.
Social Media Response To The Ruling
Many were glad that justice was served, and that a convicted assaulter is facing major consequences. The verdict was delivered by a six person jury in Manhattan. Surveillance video footage from the vehicle in which the assault took place was also presented to the jury. Jabbari, who works as a choreographer who met the actor on the set of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” took the witness stand. She testified that after grabbing Majors’ phone upon reading a text that read “Wish I were kissing you right now” from another woman, the actor punched her in the head. She described a “hard blow” that gave way to bruising, swelling and substantial pain.
Great news, now send him to jail next!
— steven ❀ (@arianaunext) December 18, 2023
Prosecutor Kelly Galloway presented the case that Majors was also emotionally abusive towards Jabbari. “What this really boils down to is four simple words: control, domination, manipulation and abuse. [Those are the] tactics used by those who commit domestic violence against partners, against Grace.”
Amid the ongoing fallout of Majors’ actions, many are questioning Meagan Goode’s place in the situation. Goode is an actress, and Majors’ current girlfriend. The pair began their relationship after his arrest. Now, onlookers on social media question whether Goode is also a victim.
What I still don’t understand is why Meagan Goode allowed herself to be used a prop? https://t.co/kkGJyUoOGx
— Dr. Munch 🇭🇹 (@BADGUYPAT) December 18, 2023
Many are disappointed to see that Majors, who had begun to accept acting roles that were landmarks for Black actors, has gone down this path.
Brother threw away the biggest Hollywood bag that’s ever been fumbled…not just money, films, collaborations, awards and history. Icarus story if I’ve ever seen one.
— John Handem Piette (@JohnHPiette) December 18, 2023
Judge Michael Gaffey set a sentencing date of Feb. 6 following the verdict. Majors faces up to a year in prison, and is also eligible for probation.