Jonathan Majors was “shocked and frightened” after the guilty verdict – The Guardian

Jonathan Majors

In an interview, the actor said he was stunned after the jury found him guilty of assaulting and molesting a former girlfriend

Actor Jonathan Majors said he was “shocked and frightened” after a jury found him guilty of assaulting and harassing a former girlfriend, and complained that Marvel had banned him from future films.

In his first interview since he was found guilty, Majors told ABC News on Monday's episode of Good Morning America that he plans to appeal the jury's decision in December that found him guilty of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment of Grace Jabbari found guilty. The actor was acquitted of two further charges of assault and aggravated harassment in a split verdict.

“I stand there and the verdict comes down. I say, 'How is that possible, based on the evidence, based on the prosecution's evidence, let alone our evidence?' How is that possible?'” Majors said in the ABC interview. He said he was “shocked and frightened” when the verdict was announced.

When asked by interviewer Linsey Davis how Jabbari suffered a cut behind his ear and a broken finger after their altercation in a car in New York, Majors paused and said, “I wish to God I knew.” He would give me clarity, that would give me some kind of peace.” Majors said of Jabbari that “I was reckless with her heart” but not with her body, and denied ever hitting her or any other woman.

“I am an athlete. I am an athlete. I know my body. I know how it moves. I know my strength or lack thereof, you know? None of this was used on her,” he said.

As part of the guilty verdict, Marvel removed Majors from future roles as Kang, a supervillain in the film studio's universe. He was set to reprise his role as Kang in “Avengers: Kang Dynasty” – scheduled for release in 2026 – as well as the Disney series “Loki.”

Majors' management company also dropped him, and the U.S. Army suspended him from recruiting for the military branch.

The actor told ABC it was “like the world stopped” when he learned of Marvel's decision.

He added: “It’s like working so hard for things. And then, you know, it’s done.”

When asked if he thought he would return to Hollywood productions, Majors said: “Hell yeah, I do. I pray that I do. But it’s God’s plan and God’s timing.”

Majors' comments were criticized by Jabbari's lawyer, who said the actor “continues not to accept responsibility for his actions.”

Lawyer Brittany Henderson added in a statement to ABC: “The timing of these new statements clearly demonstrates a lack of remorse for the actions of which he was found guilty and should make sentencing fairly easy for the court.”

Majors is scheduled to be sentenced in February and faces up to a year in prison on the assault conviction. The harassment conviction carries a possible sentence of 15 days in prison and a $250 fine.


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