The assault trial for Jonathan Majors, the rising-star actor known for “Creed III” and several Marvel projects, began Wednesday morning after several postponements over the past three months.
Wearing a long, dark coat and sunglasses, Majors held hands with his girlfriend, Meagan Good, as he stepped out of a car and walked into a New York City courthouse for trial, where jury selection is expected to kick off.
The actor faces up to one year in jail if he’s convicted of misdemeanor assault, aggravated harassment, attempted assault and harassment charges from a March dispute he had with his then-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.
News of the assault allegations stilted Majors’s skyrocket to fame. His prominent roles in the sports drama “Creed III” and Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” had recently released when he was arrested in March. He was reportedly dropped by his management and public relations firms soon after. “Magazine Dreams,” a drama about a bodybuilder starring Majors, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but was removed from Disney’s release schedule, trade publications reported. Majors wasn’t dropped from every project, however; he reprised his role as Kang for Season 2 of Disney Plus’s “Loki.”
While Majors and Jabbari were riding home in a chauffeured car, prosecutors allege, Jabbari tried to take Majors’s phone after spotting a flirty text from someone else. Majors is accused of fracturing her finger while prying it off his phone, then twisting her arm, striking her ear and at one point throwing her back into the car after she tried to follow him out of it.
Majors has pleaded not guilty and, through his defense attorneys, has said that he’s the victim in the incident. According to court filings from Majors’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, Jabbari clawed and slapped his face, and scratched his arm after seeing the text.
New York police arrested and released Jabbari in October based on misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges from her fight with Majors. The Manhattan district attorney’s office, however, has declined to pursue the charges, saying they lacked “prosecutorial merit.”
Ross Kramer, Jabbari’s attorney, said he and his team were “disappointed that Ms. Jabbari had to face an arrest that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office already determined was unwarranted.”
Jury selection is expected to continue through most or all of the week before opening arguments begin.
Wesley Parnell contributed to this report.