NEW YORK — Jonathan Majors violently manhandled his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari during a chaotic cab ride that spilled onto the streets of Chinatown when she caught him texting another woman and continued to strong-arm her months later by claiming he was the victim, a Manhattan prosecutor charged Monday during opening statements at the actor’s domestic violence trial.
The incident was just one example of the “cruel and manipulative pattern of psychological and physical abuse” Majors inflicted against Jabbari, a choreographer, throughout their two-year relationship, Assistant District Attorney Michael Perez said in Manhattan Criminal Court. The prosecutor told jurors they would hear of how the Marvel star used violence to manipulate, control “and physically hurt” his girlfriend long before the assault he’s accused of.
Majors, who shot to stardom in films such as “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and harassment charges carrying up to a year in jail.
His attorney, Priya Chaudhry, said the case boiled down to a jealous ex-girlfriend upset about a breakup and painted Jabbari as unstable.
Chaudry listed some of Majors’ biggest film roles and told the jury he’d presented at the Oscars just a month before his arrest. In the aftermath, he was dropped by his management company and lost a string of lucrative deals.
The lawyer said Jabbari sought to take down her ex and undo “everything he has spent his whole life working for.”
Prosecutor Perez said Majors and Jabbari were riding back to the city from Brooklyn around midnight when she saw him get a text from a woman. When she grabbed his phone, Majors pulled her arm behind her back and twisted it before striking the side of her head, Perez said.
When the driver stopped on Canal Street and Centre Street, where Majors got out, Perez said Majors had “no hesitation” getting rough with Jabbari again.
As she tried to follow him, Perez said Majors forced her back into the Escalade, with CCTV capturing him “grabbing Grace Jabbari with his hands and shoving her into the back of the car.”
The encounter dragged out a while longer, with Majors taking Jabbari across the street and then sprinting off and leaving her alone when strangers intervened to see if she was OK. The group took Jabbari out to console her, and then she went back to the apartment where she was staying with Majors and went to sleep.
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