Jonathan Majors appeared in a Manhattan court on Tuesday (Jun. 20, 2023), this time in person, to face domestic violence charges lodged by his ex-girlfriend. During a brief appearance, the judge set an Aug. 3 trial date for the Creed III star, who has vehemently denied the accusations.
Majors’ accuser alleges he pulled her finger, twisted her arm behind her back, struck and cut her ear, and pushed her into a vehicle, causing her to fall backward, during a March confrontation in New York City. The woman was treated at a hospital for minor head and neck injuries, police said.
Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, said Tuesday that she provided prosecutors with video evidence showing the female accuser attacked her client, not vice versa.
“Last week, we delivered additional compelling evidence to the District Attorney, clearly proving Grace Jabbari’s assault on Jonathan Majors and not the other way around,” Chaudhry said in a statement. “This evidence includes videos of Ms. Jabbari’s frenzied attack on Mr. Majors and his running away from her.
“We also provided photographs illustrating the injuries she inflicted on Mr. Majors and photos of his clothing torn as a direct consequence of Ms. Jabbari’s violent actions,” Chaudhry said.
Chaudhry said that in light of the new evidence, she is requesting the district attorney dismiss all charges against Majors and initiate proceedings against his accuser to hold her “accountable for her crimes.” In lieu of a decision, Chaudhry requested that Majors’ case go to trial as soon as possible.
Chaudhry has also accused police and prosecutors of racial bias against Majors, who is Black. She said a white police officer got in Major’s face and taunted him when he tried showing the officer injuries that he told the woman had caused.
Majors had been a fast-rising Hollywood star with major roles in recent hits like Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. But after his arrest, the U.S. Army pulled TV commercials starring Majors, saying it was “deeply concerned” by the allegations. Last month, Disney postponed Majors’ upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Kang Dynasty from May 2025 to May 2026. He is also slated to appear in Avengers: Secret Wars in 2027.
Judge Rachel Pauley wished the actor “best of luck” as she scheduled his trial. “Yes, ma’am,” Majors said, standing with his lawyers in front of Pauley’s bench in Manhattan’s domestic violence court.
Majors, 33, is charged with misdemeanors, including assault, and could be sentenced to up to a year in jail if convicted.
Tuesday’s hearing was his first time in court after his March 25 arrest in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. At a hearing last month, he appeared by video where prosecutors said they were revising the assault charge to reflect the accuser’s perspective. A police officer’s account was used in the original version.
Before his case was called Tuesday, Majors watched from the courtroom gallery with his lawyers and girlfriend Meagan Good, who stars in the Shazam! movies, as two men in unrelated cases had their domestic violence charges thrown out.