New York, September 16, 2023 – After a series of postponements, the misdemeanor assault trial involving acclaimed actor Jonathan Majors has its next pivotal hearing scheduled for October 25th in New York City.
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The decision came during a recent court session presided over by Judge Michael Gaffey. Attorneys Priya Chaudhry and Seth Zuckermann, representing Jonathan Majors, alongside the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, presented their arguments. On September 12th, Majors’ legal team submitted a motion to dismiss the case, with the District Attorney’s office required to respond by October 6th. Subsequently, the defense will have until October 13th to file a reply. While the judge has permitted Majors to appear virtually at the upcoming hearing, it is mandated that he attend in person when the trial officially commences.
Jonathan Majors faces misdemeanor charges of harassment and assault, stemming from an incident in which he was arrested on March 25th in New York City. These charges are connected to an alleged altercation with his former partner, Grace Jabbari, during a taxi ride to his Manhattan residence. Law enforcement responded to a 911 call and reported minor injuries to Jabbari’s head and neck. Majors was taken into custody and subsequently released on the same day, consistently denying the allegations.
Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, has vocally contended that it was Jabbari who assaulted Majors during the incident. Chaudhry asserts that the case is marred by a “witch hunt” mentality and “explicit and implicit bias” against her client.
Originally slated to begin on August 3rd, the trial has faced a string of delays. It was rescheduled to September 6th due to ongoing discovery efforts by prosecutors. However, on September 6th, complications arose concerning the certificate of compliance, prompting the scheduling of a new hearing for September 15th.
In addition to the legal proceedings, Jonathan Majors is set to make a high-profile return to the screen. He is scheduled to appear in Marvel Studios’ “Loki” Season 2, set to premiere on Disney+ on October 6th. In this series, Majors reprises his role as an alternate version of Kang the Conqueror, a time-traveling villain, following his portrayal as the primary antagonist in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” He is expected to play a significant part in Marvel Studios’ forthcoming projects, including “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.” Additionally, Majors takes the lead in the bodybuilding drama “Magazine Dreams,” a film acquired by Searchlight Pictures after its Sundance Festival debut, and is scheduled for release on December 8th.
As the legal proceedings continue, the entertainment world eagerly anticipates Jonathan Majors’ return to the spotlight in “Loki” Season 2 and the upcoming release of “Magazine Dreams,” while the outcome of the assault trial remains to be seen.