Jonathan Majors’ Domestic Violence Sentencing Postponed: Actor Faces Potential Prison Time
‘Loki’, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Star’s Hearing Delayed
Jonathan Majors‘ domestic violence sentencing has been postponed, just weeks after the actor was found guilty of assault and harassment charges. The Creed III star’s sentencing was originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, but was delayed due to a slew of post-conviction motions filed by his lawyers, PEOPLE confirms.
Majors Faces Up to a Year in Prison
At the start of his misdemeanor trial, the judge told Majors that he could face up to a year behind bars for the charges related to an alleged fight between him and his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, in New York City in March 2023.
Guilty Verdict and Fallout
In a split verdict in December, Majors, 34, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in the third degree, recklessly causing physical injury, as well as harassment in the second degree in the domestic violence case. The actor was found not guilty of misdemeanor assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury, and misdemeanor aggravated harassment in the second degree.
The December guilty verdict put a halt to Majors’ rising stardom, which in the early part of 2023 saw the actor starring alongside Michael B. Jordan in Creed III and as the villainous Kang the Conqueror in Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania. Marvel Studios dropped Majors from their roster the day of the Dec. 18 verdict.
Projects Lost Amidst Controversy
In January, Searchlight Pictures returned its film rights on the once-highly anticipated Magazine Dreams, starring Majors as an amateur bodybuilder, which had generated early awards buzz before Disney pulled it from its release roster.
That same month, Majors also lost the main role of Dennis Rodman — himself a divisive and controversial character — in the star-studded NBA player’s biopic.
Majors’ Reaction to the Verdict
Majors opted not to take the stand over the course of his 14-day trial, and he daily ignored reporters’ questions at the Manhattan courthouse. He spoke out for the first time in a Good Morning America interview in January, saying he felt “absolutely shocked and afraid” when he was pronounced guilty.
“How is that possible?” he said in the interview. “Based off the evidence, based off the prosecution’s evidence, let alone our evidence.”
The Incident and Aftermath
The morning after the couple’s fight, Majors returned to the penthouse they shared and found their bedroom door locked, according to 911 audio submitted into evidence and reviewed by the jury during deliberations. In the call, Majors told the 911 dispatcher he did not know what had happened to Jabbari.
“She’s unconscious,” Majors said in audio of the call. “She’s naked from the bottom down. She has a sweatshirt on. She’s my ex-partner. We broke up. I came back. She sent me text messages insinuating as much.”
Police arrived at the couple’s Manhattan penthouse minutes later. Jabbari went to the hospital and was treated for a hairline fracture to a bone in her middle finger and a cut to her ear. Majors was arrested in his living room.
Trial and Evidence
“This is not a he said–she said case,” Assistant District Attorney Kelli Galaway told the jury in closing statements in December. “This is a she said-plus.”
As part of her closing statements, Galaway flashed alleged text messages between Majors and Jabbari from September 2022 — months before the charged incident — in which Majors, calling himself “a monster and horrible man,” appears to admit to physically attacking Jabbari and threatening to kill himself if she went to the hospital for an injury to her head.
Galaway also played audio of Majors in a previous, recorded fight with Jabbari, calling himself a “great man,” and saying he needed a “Michelle Obama” or “Coretta Scott King” to support him.
Majors’ Response and Relationship Status
In the GMA interview, Majors spoke about his current girlfriend, Meagan Good, and her support during the trial.
In a tweet by King’s youngest child, Bernice King, which followed shortly after the taped interview aired, King wrote: “My mother wasn’t a prop.”
The outcome of Major’s sentencing hearing remains uncertain, and all eyes will be on the court as the proceedings unfold.