Jonathan Majors Avoids Jail Time in Domestic Violence Case

Jonathan Majors in Court in New York City. (Credit: YouTube/ABC News)

Jonathan Majors was sentenced to probation Monday for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari in March 2023.

A New York City judge handed down the sentence and ordered the actor to complete a 52-week domestic violence prevention program, the Associated Press reported. The Creed III star must also continue mental health treatments.

During the sentencing hearing, Jabbari told the court Majors has shown no remorse.

“He is not sorry, he has not accepted responsibility and he will do this again,” Jabbari said. “This is a man who believes he is above the law.”

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Majors had faced up to a year in jail after he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and harassment counts on Dec. 18.

The actor’s legal saga began on March 25, 2023, after Jabbari accused him of assaulting her as they rode in the back of a chauffeured SUV.

The Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star maintained his innocence throughout the case and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Prosecutors said the March 25 confrontation started when Jabbari noticed a text message on Majors’ phone from a woman named Cleopatra, who wrote “wish I was kissing you.” Jabbari grabbed the phone to read the message. She said Majors responded by twisting her arm behind her back.

The actor was accused of a “pattern of abuse” during the two-week trial. The evidence presented by prosecutors included voice recordings of conversations between Majors and Jabbari; photos of Jabbari’s alleged injuries; video of a confused Jabbari “unconscious” in Majors’ home; and video of the actor running away from her after the confrontation.

In surveillance video, Majors appeared to pick Jabbari up after she got out of the back of the SUV they were in, and pushed her back into the vehicle. She got out of the car again, leading to a short scuffle on the sidewalk. Majors then ran down the street trying to flee Jabbari and she chased him.

Photos presented in the trial showed bruising on one of Jabbari’s fingers, a cut behind her ear, and alleged bruising on her neck.

A text message exchange between Majors and Jabbari entered into evidence appeared to show the actor admitting to previously physically assaulting Jabbari, and begging her not to go to the hospital in September 2022.

Majors told her she had “no perspective of what could happen” if she sought help. “They will ask you questions, and as I don’t think you actually protect us, it could lead to an investigation even if you do lie and they suspect something,” he wrote in a text.

The actor’s attorney Priya Chaudhry said he was the real victim. Chaudhry alleged Jabbari slapped, clawed and physically attacked Majors during the confrontation.

Chaudhry argued that Jabbari could not have been seriously injured because she went to a nightclub shortly after the March 25 incident.

In a recording of a 911 call from March 26, Majors said he found Jabbari “unconscious” inside a closet in his apartment. The actor told the dispatcher she was “naked from the bottom down” and he believed she “attempted suicide.” Body-camera footage recorded by responding NYPD officers showed Jabbari on the floor and struggling to get up.

Majors filed a counter-complaint against Jabbari in June, saying he was assaulted during the confrontation.

In October, Jabbari was arrested by the NYPD on misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief counts. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said it would not prosecute her.

The actor met the British choreographer and movement coach in 2021 on the set of his film, Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania.

Jabbari  filed a civil lawsuit against Majors last month in New York federal court, accusing the former Marvel actor of domestic abuse.

The lawsuit alleged Jabbari was subjected to a “pattern of pervasive domestic abuse that began in 2021 and extended through 2023.” She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Majors was a rising star in Hollywood before his legal saga began.

He was set to star in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as supervillain Kang the Conqueror.

Instead, Marvel cut ties with Majors the day that he was found guilty, and his career now hangs in the balance.