Jonathan Majors Sued for Assault and Defamation by Ex-Girlfriend Grace Jabbari

London, United Kingdom - February 15,2023: Jonathan Majors attends the European Premiere of "Creed III" at Cineworld Leicester Square in London, England. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Jonathan Majors is facing new legal troubles after his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday in New York federal court, accusing the former Marvel actor of domestic abuse.

Jabbari alleges battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution and defamation in the complaint, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the lawsuit, Jabbari says she was subjected to a “pattern of pervasive domestic abuse that began in 2021 and extended through 2023.”

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

Majors was arrested on March 25, 2023, after Jabbari accused him of assaulting her as they rode in the back of a chauffeured SUV in New York City. An NYPD spokesperson said at the time that Jabbari suffered minor injuries to her head and neck during the confrontation and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Majors pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence throughout the case.

In a prior incident on Sept. 20, 2022, the lawsuit alleges Majors “pushed Grace so hard that it bruised her backside.” The suit additionally alleges that Majors “picked Grace up in the air and threw her against the hood of her car” and “brought Grace back into their house and held his hands around her neck, stating that he wanted to kill her, and that he was going to kill her. Majors then started hitting Grace’s head against the marble floor while strangling her until she felt she could no longer breathe.”

The lawsuit says Jabbari wanted to see a doctor after the incident, but Majors sent her a text message begging her not to go to the hospital.

The text exchange between Majors and Jabbari about the incident was introduced during his criminal trial last year. As previously reported, Majors told Jabbari 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,” Majors wrote in a text.

Jabbari said she needed painkillers following the 2022 incident. But Majors pleaded with her to remain quiet to avoid bringing scrutiny because he is African American, and Jabbari is a white British woman.

Jabbari accuses Majors in the lawsuit of “publicly abusing her reputation” after his arrest, including in his interview with Good Morning America following his trial.

She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

On Dec. 18, the Creed III actor was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of assault and harassment in connection with his March arrest.

He faces up to a year in jail. Majors was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 6, but his sentencing hearing was rescheduled for Monday, April 8.

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