In a notable development in the entertainment industry, Jonathan Majors, renowned for his roles in Marvel's cinematic universe, stood trial on Wednesday in New York facing charges of domestic violence. Majors, 34, is accused of misdemeanor assault and harassment following a March incident involving his former partner, Grace Jabbari.
The actor has firmly denied the allegations, pleading not guilty. A conviction could lead to a maximum of one year in prison. Majors, accompanied by his current partner, actress Meagan Good, and his defense attorney, Priya Chaudhry, made a somber entrance to the criminal court.
Dressed in a long black coat and sunglasses, he notably held a Bible in his hand. The trial's outset was marked by a significant decision from Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Michael Gaffey, who agreed to close the courtroom to the public during discussions of a sensitive evidentiary matter.
Majors' legal team argued that the actor's high-profile status necessitates such privacy to ensure a fair trial. They contended that revealing this matter could severely prejudice potential jurors, tainting the jury pool.
Courtroom Sealed for Fairness
Despite opposition from media representatives, who argued against the need for excessive privacy given the defense's public statements, the judge deemed sealing the hearing and related documents essential for a fair trial.
Furthermore, at the request of Chaudhry, the court agreed not to refer to Jabbari as the "victim," a term deemed prejudicial, allowing only specific legal references to the charges. The proceedings, which include jury selection and opening statements, are set to continue with Majors in attendance.
The charges against Majors stem from an alleged altercation in Manhattan, where he is accused of physically assaulting Jabbari. The complaint details claims of Majors twisting Jabbari's arm, striking her, and pushing her into a vehicle, leading to her hospital treatment for minor injuries.
Countering these accusations, Majors has filed a cross-complaint, asserting that he was the actual victim of the altercation. His attorney has highlighted the toll this ordeal has taken on Majors' personal and professional life, maintaining his innocence.
Adding complexity to the case, Jabbari faced her own legal challenges with an arrest in October, though the Manhattan district attorney's office later dropped the charges, citing a lack of prosecutorial merit. Majors, a rising star in Hollywood, is known for his impactful performances in the "Ant-Man" series, "Loki," and an Emmy-nominated role in "Lovecraft Country." He is also slated to appear in the upcoming "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty" and "Avengers: Secret Wars," and has garnered acclaim for roles in "Creed III," "Da 5 Bloods," and "The Harder They Fall." As the trial progresses, it remains a focal point of interest, not only for its legal implications but also for its potential impact on Majors' burgeoning career in the entertainment industry.