Updated December 19th, 2023 at 10:15 IST
Jonathan Majors' lawyer issues statement after Marvel actor found guilty in assault case
Priya Chaudhry, one of Jonathan Majors's defence lawyers, released a statement expressing gratitude for the jury's scepticism regarding the accuser's account.
Jonathan Majors was convicted on Monday of assaulting his former girlfriend after a two-week trial that the actor hoped would salvage his damaged reputation and restore his status as an emerging Hollywood star. A Manhattan jury found the actor of guilty of assault and harassment. He was also acquitted of a different assault charge and of aggravated harassment. In the aftermath of Majors being found guilty in his misdemeanour assault trial, he and his defence team are determined to contest the charges and prove his "innocence".
Jonathan Majors' lawyer releases a statement
Priya Chaudhry, one of Jonathan Majors's defence lawyers, released a statement expressing gratitude for the jury's scepticism regarding the accuser's account. The statement emphasised that the jury did not believe the accuser's version of events but still found Majors reckless during the alleged altercation.
The statement read, "It is clear that the jury did not believe Grace Jabbari’s story of what happened in the SUV because they found that Mr. Majors did not intentionally cause any injuries to her. We are grateful for that. We are disappointed, however, that despite not believing Ms. Jabbari, the jury nevertheless found that Mr. Majors was somehow reckless while she was attacking him."
The statement added, "Mr Majors is grateful to God, his family, his friends, and his fans for their love and support during these harrowing eight months. Mr. Majors still has faith in the process and looks forward to fully clearing his name."
Details about the case
Jonathan Majors, aged 34, was found guilty of misdemeanour assault in the third degree, involving recklessly causing physical injury, and harassment in the second degree, classified as a violation. However, the jury acquitted Majors of misdemeanour assault with intent to cause physical injury and misdemeanour aggravated harassment in the second degree.
The charges stemmed from an alleged street fight between Majors and his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, in Manhattan's Chinatown neighbourhood in March. The incident led to a pause in Majors's flourishing career, impacting projects such as Creed III and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Additionally, Disney pulled the highly anticipated film, Magazine Dreams, in which Majors starred.
The trial, spanning over two weeks in Manhattan's criminal court, featured 12 witnesses presented by prosecutors and three by the defence. Jabbari, Majors' former girlfriend, testified about a history of "rage and aggression" in their relationship, leading to a physical altercation in March and subsequently Majors' arrest.
(Inputs from AP)
Published December 19th, 2023 at 10:15 IST
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