Jonathan Majors Exits Criminal Court in NYC on December 8, 2023

Jonathan Majors Breaks Silence After Being Found Guilty Of Assault: 'I Was Absolutely Shocked'

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By Favour Adegoke on January 8, 2024 at 10:00 AM EST

Former Marvel star Jonathan Majors has spoken out for the first time after being found guilty of assaulting and harassing his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.

Jabbari accused her then-boyfriend Majors of causing her injuries during an altercation in a car after she tried to gain access to his phone to view a text message he had gotten from an alleged woman.

In a new interview, the actor revealed that he was "shocked" at the guilty verdict, which could land him in prison for one year.

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Jonathan Majors Speaks Out After His Assault Trial

Jonathan Majors Exits Criminal Court in NYC on December 8, 2023

During a recent chat on ABC's "Good Morning America," Majors opened up about his assault trial and being found guilty of two out of the four charges brought against him.

Majors revealed that he was "shocked" at the jury's decision but acknowledged that he could not claim he had nothing to do with Jabbari's injuries, which she sustained after their fight in the Cadillac Escalade on March 25.

He said, "I shouldn't have been in the car. I shouldn't have stepped out of the relationship. I shouldn't have been in the relationship. If I'm not in the car, none of this is happening."

When the interviewer asked him if he was taking responsibility for what happened, but not the injuries, Majors replied, "Can't say that. None of her injuries."

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The "Creed III" actor shared how stunned he was by the verdict, implying that the evidence was in his favor.

"I was absolutely shocked and afraid," he said, per The Hollywood Reporter. "How is that possible? Based off the evidence, based off the prosecution's evidence, let alone our evidence."

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The Actor Spoke On His Michelle Obama & Coretta Scott King Rant

Jonathan majors at the Los Angeles Premiere Of "The Harder They Fall"

One of the highlights of Majors' trial was an audio recording of him yelling at his ex, Jabbari, to be like the wives of great men such as former President Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama, and Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King.

Speaking on the shocking recording, the actor said, "It was me trying to give an analogy of what it is I'm aspiring to be. These great men, Martin, President Obama. I need her, in that case, Grace, to make the same sacrifices I am making."

He then noted that he was finally breaking his silence on the verdict because he felt "like it was time" for him to speak out.

"A lot has happened," Majors stated. "In my personal life, in my career, in the culture. It's about responsibility and coming forward and being brave and giving my part of the story."

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Jonathan Majors Might Appeal The Guilty Verdict

Jonathan Majors At 5th American Black Film Festival Honors: A Celebration Of Excellence In Hollywood

Majors will likely appeal his guilty verdict before his sentencing. The actor's lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, released a statement expressing disappointment at the verdict and noted that they plan to clear the actor's name.

"It is clear that the jury did not believe Grace Jabbari's story of what happened in the SUV because they found that Mr. Majors did not intentionally cause any injuries to her. We are grateful for that," Chaudhry stated at the time. "We are disappointed, however, that despite not believing Ms. Jabbari, the jury nevertheless found that Mr. Majors was somehow reckless while she was attacking him."

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The lawyer continued, "Mr. Majors is grateful to God, his family, his friends, and his fans for their love and support during these harrowing eight months. Mr. Majors still has faith in the process and looks forward to fully clearing his name."

Grace Jabbari Thanks Charity Organization For Supporting Her

Jonathan Majors' Ex-Girlfriend & Accuser Grace Jabbari Breaks Silence After His Guilty Verdict
Instagram Stories | Grace Jabbari

Jabbari, Majors' ex-girlfriend, has not spoken directly about his guilty verdict or her court victory. However, the 31-year-old shared a message on her Instagram stories shortly after the trial, thanking the domestic violence charity organization that supported her through the whole legal process.

She wrote, "For my birthday, if you want…a donation to sffny, a charity that helped me so much this year, would be the best gift you could give. Thank you so much sffny, and everyone else…for everything."

After Majors' guilty verdict, the charity released a statement, noting how "proud" they were to have "represented" the professional dancer.

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"Sanctuary for Families is proud to have represented Ms. Jabbari throughout this process and will continue to support her on her journey toward justice and healing," the organization said.

Majors' sentencing has been scheduled for February 6.

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