Marvel Studios parts ways with Jonathan Majors after guilty verdict | Hollywood

Marvel Studios has parted ways with actor Jonathan Majors after he was found guilty by a New York jury of assault and harassment of his former girlfriend during a domestic dispute, Variety reported. Majors first played a version of the villain Kang in the season finale of the 2021 Disney+ series Loki.

Jonathan Majors was found guilty by a New York jury of assault and harassment of his former girlfriend during a domestic dispute (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
Jonathan Majors was found guilty by a New York jury of assault and harassment of his former girlfriend during a domestic dispute (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

The incident that led to the trial involved a domestic dispute in March, between Majors and his former girlfriend Grace Jabbari. Majors had previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour charges of assault and aggravated harassment.

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Majors, since his arrest, has been dropped by his talent manager, entertainment 360, and his publicity firm, the Lede Company. He is neither involved with the Protagonist Pictures film The Man in My Basement.’ Further, the US Army pulled an ad campaign that featured the actor, and so did the Texas Rangers baseball team. Other projects involving Majors that remain in a state of uncertainty include Spike Lee’s Da Understudy’ for Amazon and the Dennis Rodman film 48 Hours in Vegas for Lionsgate. 

Majors faced four misdemeanour charges for misdemeanour assault, aggravated assault and harassment. Ultimately, he was convicted of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment, according to The Guardian. However, the actor was acquitted on another assault charge and one count of aggravated harassment. His sentencing is scheduled for February 6, 2024. The actor faces up to one year in prison or probation.

While Majors was present in the New York City courtroom during the proceedings, he did not testify. The New York Times reported that on December 5, Jabbari testified that she was assaulted by Majors in the backseat of a car during the dispute. Prosecutors claimed the incident took place after Jabbari noticed a romantic text message someone had sent him on his phone.

Prosecutors claimed during closing arguments that Majors “didn’t hesitate to use physical violence” against Jabbari. He allegedly twisted her right arm behind her back and then “struck a blow” to her head. Majors’ attorney alleged that the accusations are “fake” and that Jabbari was the aggressor.

Marvel Studios has decided to cut ties with actor Jonathan Majors after he was found guilty of assault and harassment by a New York jury. Majors had played the character Kang in the season finale of the Disney+ series Loki. The incident leading to the trial occurred during a domestic dispute between Majors and his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, in March. Majors had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. Following his arrest, Majors has been dropped by his talent manager and publicity firm, and various projects involving him are now uncertain. He was convicted of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment but acquitted on other charges. Majors’ sentencing is scheduled for February 6, 2024, and he could face up to one year in prison or probation.

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