Jonathan Majors, known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was found guilty by a Manhattan jury on two misdemeanor charges of harassment and assault. The verdict, delivered on Monday, acquitted him of two other counts, including one count of intentional assault in the third degree and aggravated harassment in the second degree. During the announcement of the verdict, Majors remained composed without showing any visible reaction.
The trial, which lasted two weeks, unfolded in a lower Manhattan courtroom and saw significant deliberations by the six-person jury. The jurors had requested clarification on the legal definition of harassment in the second degree. The jury also revisited surveillance footage and testimony from a woman who accompanied Majors’ accuser Grace Jabbari to a nightclub following the alleged assault.
When will Jonathan Majors be sentenced?
Judge Michael Gaffey has scheduled the sentencing for Jonathan Majors on February 6th. Majors, now convicted of these misdemeanor charges, faces the possibility of up to a year in jail. The conclusion of this high-profile case brings a close to a trial that has garnered significant attention, particularly due to Majors’ prominence in Hollywood.
“At the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, we are committed to centering survivors in all of our work,” said District Attorney Alvin Bragg in a statement after the verdict. “The evidence presented throughout this trial illustrated a cycle of psychological and emotional abuse, and escalating patterns of coercion far too common across the many intimate partner violence cases we see each and every day.”
“Today, a jury determined that pattern of abuse and coercion culminated with Mr. Majors assaulting and harassing his girlfriend, “Bragg added. “We thank the jury for its service and the survivor for bravely telling her story despite having to relive her trauma on the stand.”
While Disney-owned Marvel Studios has not yet issued a public statement regarding the matter, the verdict of Jonathan Majors’ trial is likely to have significant professional repercussions for the actor. Given the guilty verdict in his assault and harassment case, it is widely anticipated that Majors will be dropped from his role as Kang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jonathan Majors was slated to play a significant role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang, with major appearances planned in upcoming MCU films Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. His portrayal of Kang and his various variants was first introduced in Marvel’s Loki and further expanded in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.