Jonathan Majors sat down for his first televised interview since being found guilty of assault, speaking exclusively with ABC News’ Linsey Davis. The embattled actor broke his silence about the accusations, trial, and what comes next in his career.
Overview of the Guilty Verdict
On January 3rd, 2024, Jonathan Majors was found guilty by a New York jury of misdemeanor assault and harassment charges stemming from an altercation with Grace Jabbari in 2023. Majors was accused of grabbing Jabbari by the collar and shaking her violently after confronting her about making advances towards him at a party.
The jury deliberated for 10 hours before returning the guilty verdict. Majors faces up to one year in jail on the assault conviction when he is sentenced on February 15th.
Previewing the Highly Anticipated Interview
In his first interview since the verdict, Majors sat down exclusively with ABC News’ Linsey Davis for ABC’s Good Morning America. The interview will air on Monday, January 9th on ABC.
In a preview, Davis said Majors “breaks his silence for the very first time” since the accusations emerged. The interview is expected to cover Majors’ reaction to the verdict, how he’s feeling, and what he plans to do next.
The interview promises to be explosive and revealing, with Majors finally telling his side of the story. Many are anxious to hear what he has to say about that fateful night and the damaging trial.
Background on the Allegations and Trial
Allegations against Majors first emerged in late 2023 when Jabbari, an aspiring actress and writer, went to police saying Majors assaulted her at an industry party in New York.
Jabbari testified that Majors had aggressively confronted her over flirting with him, grabbed her violently, and had to be pulled off by other partygoers. Majors was arrested and charged shortly after.
|Key Events Timeline
|Altercation occurs at a New York industry party
|Jabbari goes to police, Majors arrested and charged
|Majors pleads not guilty, released on bail
|Trial held in New York, Majors found guilty
|Majors to be sentenced, faces up to 1 year in jail
The trial featured testimony from both Jabbari and Majors, as well as witnesses from the party. Ultimately the jury believed Jabbari’s account and Majors’ claim of self-defense was rejected.
How This Impacts Majors’ Career and Future Roles
The guilty verdict is a massive blow for Majors’ rising career. He had broken out with acclaimed performances in projects like Lovecraft Country and had been tapped to play major villain Kang the Conqueror in upcoming Marvel films.
But sources now say Majors’ Marvel role could be in jeopardy. Reshoots may need to happen to write Kang out of future films. Other announced projects like the Creed III film are also being called into question.
Majors was poised to become a major A-list star before this damaging scandal. What comes next for his career following this verdict will be a key topic in his interview. He’ll likely address concerns about future roles and partnerships falling through.
The verdict also raises larger questions about accountability and consequences in Hollywood. Many are debating whether Majors deserves a chance at career redemption or if he should be permanently blacklisted from blockbuster films. The court of public opinion still holds power over his ability to work again.
What Comes Next: Sentencing, Appeal, and Beyond
With the trial over, attention now turns to Majors’ sentencing hearing on February 15th. The assault conviction carries a maximum 1 year jail sentence, though experts expect him to receive only 6 months behind bars along with probation and fines.
Jabbari is also expected to pursue a civil case against Majors, seeking monetary damages for assault. So while the criminal trial has finished, his legal troubles appear far from over.
Majors’ team has also indicated he plans to appeal the guilty verdict. But the appeal process could drag on for years, leaving his career in limbo as the case works its way through higher courts.
For now, all eyes turn to Majors’ first words in his ABC News interview. It promises to be a riveting exchange that could shape public opinion and the trajectory of his post-trial future. Both redemption and further backlash are on the line when he breaks his silence.
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