Jury selection commenced on Wednesday for the trial of acclaimed actor Jonathan Majors in New York City. The Yale drama graduate, known for his roles in Creed III and Lovecraft Country, is facing misdemeanour charges of harassment and assault against a former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.
Majors, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, stands accused of an alleged assault on March 25, including slapping, throwing, and injuring Jabbari during an altercation in a car.
Despite his rising star status and a coveted role as Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Majors has faced professional setbacks. He was dropped from multiple Hollywood projects, including delays in the release of Magazine Dreams, removal from an ad campaign, and separation from his management and publicist. Speculation surrounds his future with Marvel, a major entertainment powerhouse.
Majors’ trial date has experienced multiple delays as his defence seeks dismissal. His lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, labeled Jabbari as a “liar” and claimed Majors endured alcohol-fueled abuse, filing a complaint against her. The defence aims to present Majors as a sympathetic figure, highlighting a video where he appeared to intervene in a teenage fight.