In a Manhattan courtroom, a highly charged trial unfolded as Jonathan Majors, a rising star known for his roles in Marvel movies, faced serious accusations from his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari as Jonathan Majors' ex describes his 'explosive, terrifying' rage in court. The 34-year-old actor, facing four charges of misdemeanor assault and harassment, pleaded not guilty, denying any wrongdoing. His ex-girlfriend, a 30-year-old dance instructor from the UK, took the stand, providing a vivid and emotional account of their tumultuous relationship.
Jabbari described the beginning of their relationship in August 2021 as "amazing," recalling how Majors was "very kind and loving." "He told me he loved me. He would write me poetry. I felt loved and cared for. I felt very seen," Jabbari recounted to the jury. However, the narrative took a darker turn as she spoke of feeling "isolated" and "dependent" on Majors, leading to a severe decline in her self-esteem.
Grace Jabbari, Jonathan Majors' ex-girlfriend
The witness detailed an incident in December 2021, where a casual mention of an ex-boyfriend's dog triggered an explosive reaction from Majors. "How dare I talk about him, how dare I mention him. He needs to live with the humiliation of that. Don't ever mention him," Jabbari said, describing the fear she felt as Majors stood over her, shouting. Another incident at the Glastonbury Festival saw Majors snapping at her, insisting she should not have been there during an important week for him.
In a more severe episode in July 2022, Majors "just exploded," according to Jabbari, hurling household items at her, which was corroborated by a photo of the aftermath shown in court. The pivotal moment of their relationship, leading to the charges, involved a physical altercation in a hired SUV in March, sparked by Jabbari's sighting of a text to Majors from another woman.
Majors's defense, led by lawyer Priya Chaudhry, portrayed the accusations as acts of revenge by Jabbari, suggesting Majors was the actual victim. However, Jabbari's testimony painted a starkly different picture. Describing the SUV incident, she said, "I grabbed Mr. Majors’s phone from him and he tried to pry my fingers away, twisting my hands and right arm. Suddenly, there was a really hard blow across my head."
The court was also presented with a recording from September 2022, where Majors likened himself to great men and demanded Jabbari's support akin to that of Michelle Obama or Coretta Scott King.
I’m a great man. A great man. I am doing great things. The woman that supports me, the one I support, needs to be a great woman and make sacrifices.- Jonathan Majors
Majors asserted in the recording.
Throughout her testimony, Jabbari's emotions were palpable. She cried during the first half, even needing a break to collect herself. She recounted how Majors's anger could be triggered by seemingly small incidents, describing how she felt “on edge” and fearful of inciting his rage.
The case, being closely watched, is significant as misdemeanor charges like those against Majors rarely go to trial. For Majors, the stakes are high, as the outcome could greatly impact his rising career in Hollywood. His roles in acclaimed projects like "Lovecraft Country" have placed him on the cusp of A-list stardom, but these charges have put his future in jeopardy.