Rising star of Marvel, Creed movies Jonathan Majors convicted of assaulting girlfriend

 December 19, 2023

Jonathan Majors, the Disney Marvel star portraying Kang the Conqueror, was convicted on Monday by a New York jury of assaulting his then-girlfriend in the back of a car in March.

Majors was convicted on two of the five misdemeanor counts he faced--one for assault and one for harassment--and could get up to a year in jail.

Prosecutors said Majors assaulted Grace Jabbari in the chauffeured vehicle, resulting in a broken finger and swollen arm and ear. When the pair left the car, Jabbari said he picked her up "like a football" and threw her back into the car rather than letting her leave.

Majors will be sentenced on February 6.

Claims of innocence

He said through the entire trial that he was innocent of the charges and that it was Jabbari who assaulted him. He claimed that she accused him of abuse because he wouldn't pay her off and she wanted to get revenge.

DA Alvin Bragg and his team declined to file charges against Jabbari without giving a reason why.

The chauffeur testified that he didn't see who assaulted who but suggested it might have been Jabbari, not Majors.

But that testimony didn't seem to help Majors any with the jury.

Career problems

Majors' career had been on an upswing when the charges were filed against him.

His character Kang the Conqueror had been seen as the main villain in this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He portrayed Kang in the recent Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania movie and several Kang variants in the Disney+ series Loki, season 2.

He also starred in Creed III as Damian Anderson, Adonis Creed's longtime friend who spent time in jail for an assault Creed committed when they were teens and became a villain in the storyline.

The criminal charges and now conviction derailed his career and put these roles in limbo as studios tried to decide what to do with the storylines.

Marvel Studios announced on Monday after the conviction that it was severing ties with Majors. MGM has not yet made a decision.

It's a dark turn for the promising actor--a 34-year-old graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama. While Majors played villians in his movies, his real-life villain status proved too much for Marvel fans and moviemakers to bear.

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