Jonathan Majors, a fast-growing Hollywood actor known for a major role in an upcoming Marvel superhero movie, was convicted by a New York jury on Monday for assaulting his former girlfriend in a car.
Following the decision, a representative from Marvel, owned by Walt Disney, announced that they had removed the actor from their upcoming ventures. Majors previously starred as Kang the Conqueror in this year’s “Ant-Man” and was set to lead in the 2026 film “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.”
Majors faced two assault and two harassment charges, all classified as misdemeanors.
The jury, composed of six members, found him guilty of one assault and one harassment charge, clearing him of the other allegations.
This verdict came after a two-week trial held in a Manhattan state court. During the reading of the verdict, Majors, attired in a gray suit, stood before the jury. His reaction was subdued; he pursed his lips and lowered his gaze upon hearing the first guilty verdict but remained mostly composed.
Scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 6, Majors could potentially face a year in prison, although the prosecution hasn’t specified the sentence they’ll pursue.
There has been no immediate response from his attorney regarding the verdict.
In their statement, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office praised the verdict, highlighting that the evidence revealed a “cycle of psychological and emotional abuse”. There were also increasing patterns of coercion by Majors.
According to the prosecutors, Majors allegedly assaulted Grace Jabbari, his then-girlfriend, in a hired car in Manhattan in March. This resulted in injuries that included a broken finger and swelling in her arm and ear.
Majors submitted a complaint against Jabbari, leading to her arrest on assault charges in October. However, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office eventually closed the case, citing a lack of prosecutorial merit.
At 34 years old, Majors gained recognition for his role in the 2019 movie “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” before securing leading roles in “Creed III” and featuring in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”
Following his arrest, Majors faced consequences as he was released by his management company, public relations firm, and lost partnerships with several advertisers.