Jonathan Majors broke his silence today in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, speaking out for the first time since his conviction last month on domestic assault charges stemming from an altercation with his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.
Overview of the Trial and Conviction
Majors was found guilty on December 16th of assaulting Jabbari during an argument in March 2023. Prosecutors alleged that Majors punched, kicked, and threatened Jabbari, causing significant injuries.
Jabbari testified that Majors accused her of cheating, attacked her in a jealous rage, and threatened to kill himself. She said she escaped the assault with broken ribs, a concussion, bruising, and long-term trauma.
The jury deliberated for two days before convicting Majors. He faces up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 20th.
Majors’ Account of the Incident
In his Good Morning America interview with Linsey Davis airing today, Majors insisted he did not harm Jabbari and said he was “shocked” by the guilty verdict.
“I have made mistakes, but this assault, these injuries did not happen. I am innocent,” Majors said.
He acknowledged the couple had a heated argument on the night in question over Majors’ belief that Jabbari was being unfaithful. However, Majors claims that after a period of shouting, he left to stay with a friend and did not see Jabbari again that night.
“I sent Grace some reckless, even dangerous texts while I was upset that night,” Majors said. “But I did not lay a hand on her.”
Majors speculated that Jabbari sustained her injuries later from a car accident. He pointed to medical records indicating Jabbari sought treatment for car crash injuries two weeks after the alleged assault.
“I take responsibility for letting jealousy get the better of me,” Majors said. “I was reckless with her heart, but not her body.”
Reactions to the Interview
The interview is airing just 12 days before Majors’ sentencing hearing, leading some legal experts to speculate it is an attempt to gain sympathy and sway the judge to hand down a lighter punishment.
“This seems like 4D chess on Majors’ part,” said criminal defense attorney Linda Sheffield. “He avoids taking the stand during trial, then goes on TV right before sentencing to present his innocence. It’s a Hail Mary play hoping for a miracle.”
Others noted that while Majors proclaims his innocence now, he opted not to testify in his own defense during the trial.
“You have to wonder, if he’s so adamant that he didn’t do this, why didn’t he get on the witness stand and say so under oath?” said former prosecutor Patricia Lawrence.
Inside sources claim Disney and Marvel executives will be monitoring fan reactions to the interview closely as they debate whether Majors should be allowed to continue playing the major supervillain role of Kang the Conqueror in upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe projects.
What Happens Next
Barring a last minute delay, Majors will appear at his sentencing hearing on January 20th. The judge could sentence him to up to 11 years in prison. Sources close to Majors say he plans to appeal the conviction.
An appeal could take many months to be heard. In the meantime, Majors remains out of jail on bail under strict conditions including electronic monitoring.
Jabbari is believed to still be recovering from her injuries. Her attorney says she may file a civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages from Majors after the criminal case concludes.
As he awaits his fate in the courts, Majors is also facing serious repercussions in his career. Once considered a fast-rising talent in Hollywood, he now faces possible blacklisting across the entertainment industry.
Disney has thus far declined to comment on Majors’ future with Marvel Studios. Prior to the trial, he had been expected to play a major role as the iconic villain Kang the Conqueror in at least three upcoming Marvel films.
Stay tuned as this story continues to develop. Majors proclaimed his innocence today, but whether the court of public opinion believes him remains to be seen.
Timeline of Key Events
|Alleged assault occurs
|December 16, 2023
|Majors found guilty at trial
|January 8, 2024
|Majors gives first interview proclaiming innocence
|January 20, 2024
|Majors scheduled to be sentenced
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