Prosecutors Accuse Jonathan Majors’ Legal Team of Misleading Public as Domestic Violence Trial Looms
The woman accusing Majors turned herself into police to be charged with assault. The DA made clear she won't be prosecuted—but that context has been buried.Entertainment
Over the last several months, a trial date for the ongoing domestic violence case against Jonathan Majors has been delayed several times and was delayed, again, to Nov. 29 at a virtual hearing on Wednesday. Shortly after the hearing, Grace Jabbari—the woman who accuses Majors of assaulting her in March in what New York police have characterized as a “domestic dispute”—turned herself into a Manhattan police precinct on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The charges against Jabbari come after Majors filed a counter-complaint in June accusing her of attacking him during the dispute. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jabbari was “released on a desk appearance” and the district attorney’s office said on Thursday morning that they will not prosecute her on any charges related to the alleged dispute.
Despite this clarification from the DA’s office, sensationalized coverage of the recent developments in Majors’ case has run rampant on social media over the last few days, originating from a report from The Messenger on Monday that Jabbari was set to be arrested. But the report has been widely circulated without the crucial context that Jabbari wouldn’t be prosecuted.
Relatedly, in a new court filing obtained by Variety on Tuesday, prosecutors charging Majors accuse his legal team of purposefully leaking and misrepresenting court evidence to the public and even accuse Majors’ team of “[attempting] to have police create a wanted poster with Jabbari’s photo” at one point. This alleged strategy seems in line with the fairly aggressive attacks that Majors’ lawyers have deployed against Jabbari since March. This has included accusing her of participating in a racist “witch hunt” against Majors and accusing her of being the one who actually abused Majors, a move we’ve sometimes seen from famous men who are accused of abuse themselves.
The new court filing also builds upon previous reporting from Variety that multiple women who allege Majors abused them are cooperating with the DA’s office. The filing reportedly claims that prosecutors are trying to obtain a copy of a police report from London from September 2022 that references medical care Jabbari received at that time while dating Majors. (Majors was in London filming Loki.)
Majors’ lawyers, including Priya Chaudhry, have maintained his innocence and have alluded to surveillance footage that they claim shows Jabbari “completely unharmed” after the alleged assault in March. But Variety reports that in the prosecutors’ new filing, they counter this claim, asserting that the footage Chaudhry references “actually shows Ms. Jabbari visibly upset, crying, and seeking help from strangers to get an Uber cab home.” Attorneys for Majors did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Jezebel on the allegations in the new court filing, first reported by Variety.
This continued back-and-forth between Majors’ lawyers and the prosecution comes after Majors was arrested on charges of strangulation, assault, and harassment against Jabbari in March. Jabbari received a protective order against him shortly afterward. After Variety reported on the additional women accusing Majors in April, Rolling Stone reported on additional allegations against him in June. Per their reporting nine sources in close proximity to Majors and his ex-partners at the time of his relationships with them alleged that he once strangled one of the women, and subjected the other to “emotional torture” and threatening, controlling behavior.