Friday, July 12, 2024

Actor Jonathan Majors Found Guilty in NY Domestic Abuse Case, Burgeoning Career Ruined, Fired by Disney-Marvel


UPDATE: Disney-Marvel has officially fired Majors. This is a great human tragedy. Majors was already playing the villain Kang in Marvel films. Now the future Avengers movies will be re-written or he will be recast.

Actor Jonathan Majors has been found guilty by a New York jury of assault in the third degree and guilty of harassment.

The rising star had been accused of domestic abuse by his girlfriend last March, a week after the Oscars.

So much rode on this verdict, especially Majors’ career, and the fate of Marvel Disney movies he was attached to. Majors is also the star of a film picked up at Sundance earlier this year called “Magazine Dreams.” Searchlight had to scuttle its release this fall for Oscar consideration.

A six person jury rendered the verdict. Majors was accused by his girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, of freaking out in the back of a car and attacking her after she discovered compromising texts on his phone. The case was brought by the state of New York, not Jabbari.

Majors was found not guilty of one of the counts in assault in the third degree and not guilty of aggravated harassment in second degree. But that won’t matter. The severe damage is done to all parties. Sentencing will be next.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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