In a shocking turn of events, Hollywood actor Jonathan Majors, known for his rising star status and recent portrayal of the villain Kang the Conqueror in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” has been found guilty by a New York jury for assaulting his ex-girlfriend in the back of a car. The verdict came on Monday after a two-week trial in state court in Manhattan.
The charges against Majors included two counts of assault and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors. The jury convicted him on one count of assault and one count of harassment, while acquitting him of the other charges. Majors, who was set to lead the cast in the 2026 release “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” has now been dropped from all future Marvel projects, according to a spokesperson for Walt Disney-owned Marvel.
During the trial, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office presented evidence suggesting a “cycle of psychological and emotional abuse, and escalating patterns of coercion” by Majors. The incident in question occurred in March when Majors allegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, in a hired car in Manhattan, leaving her with a broken finger and swollen arm and ear.
Jabbari testified over four days, recounting the attack that followed her seeing a text on Majors’ phone from another woman. She detailed Majors’ “violent temper” and described instances where he would “explode” in anger. Prosecutors argued that Jabbari had endured a pattern of abuse.
In a dramatic twist, Majors’ defense asserted that Jabbari was the aggressor, claiming she attacked him in the car and then falsely accused him of assault after their breakup. The defense argued that Majors was the victim in this situation.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office praised the jury’s decision, emphasizing the evidence presented during the trial. Majors, 34, known for his roles in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and “Creed III,” faces repercussions beyond the courtroom. Following his arrest, he was dropped by his management company, public relations firm, and several advertisers.
The case took an additional turn when Majors filed a complaint against Jabbari, resulting in her arrest on assault charges in October. However, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office later closed the case, citing a lack of prosecutorial merit.
As the news of Majors’ conviction and removal from Marvel projects reverberates through the entertainment industry, it raises questions about the impact on his career and the broader conversation about accountability in the world of celebrity.