Jonathan Majors, known for his role as the supervillain Kang the Conqueror in the 2023 film “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” was convicted on Monday of misdemeanor assault and harassment. The verdict was handed down by a Manhattan jury following allegations of assault by his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.
Majors, 34, faced these charges stemming from an incident inside a private car service in Manhattan earlier this year. Jabbari, 30, testified that she endured a traumatic two-year relationship with Majors, which culminated in an incident where she received a “hard blow” to her head. The verdict could significantly impact Majors’ burgeoning Hollywood career.
In the wake of the conviction, Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary, reportedly severed ties with Majors. He was slated to feature prominently as Kang the Conqueror in two forthcoming Marvel movies: “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” in 2026 and “Avengers: Secret Wars” in 2027. This development marks a significant blow to his future prospects in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The sentencing, set for February 6, could see Majors facing up to a year in prison, although probation is a more likely outcome. After the verdict, Majors, accompanied by his new girlfriend, actress Meagan Good, left the court without comment. Throughout the trial, he maintained a stoic demeanor, consistently appearing in stylish double-breasted suits.
The case centered on a confrontation that occurred in the back seat of a black Cadillac Escalade. According to trial testimony, the altercation began when Jabbari, attempting to protect herself, took Majors’ phone after seeing a flirtatious text from another woman. This led to a physical struggle, during which Jabbari alleged Majors twisted her arm and struck her head.
Despite his conviction, Majors has consistently claimed his innocence, arguing through his legal team that Jabbari was the aggressor and that the prosecution failed to conclusively prove his culpability.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg commented on the trial, highlighting the pattern of psychological and emotional abuse revealed during the proceedings. Bragg commended the jury for their service and praised Jabbari for her courage in testifying.
Jabbari’s emotional testimony included descriptions of past incidents of alleged violence and her treatment by police officers following the March altercation. Her lawyer, Ross Kramer, described the verdict as a moment of justice and hoped it would inspire other survivors to speak out.
Majors, who chose not to testify, has expressed disappointment in the verdict but remains hopeful for a full exoneration in the future, according to his attorney, Priya Chaudhry.
The trial also included evidence of Majors’ past behavior in his relationship with Jabbari, including an incident where he allegedly discouraged her from seeking medical attention for a head injury. This aspect of the case came to light when Majors’ defense inadvertently allowed the introduction of text messages into evidence.
Additionally, jurors were presented with audio recordings of Majors discussing the role and sacrifices of partners of great men, further complicating the narrative around their relationship dynamics.
The case against Majors has exposed a complex and troubled relationship, juxtaposing moments of affection with instances of intense conflict and fear, painting a picture of a relationship marred by volatility and fear.