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Actor Jonathan Majors Loses Bid to Toss Domestic Violence Conviction

  • A Manhattan judge on Monday rejected a request by actor Jonathan Majors to overturn his conviction.
  • Majors is now scheduled to be sentenced April 8 on charges of harassment and misdemeanor assault.
  • The judge found no reason to vacate Majors’ domestic violence conviction in December.

A Manhattan judge on Monday denied actor Jonathan Majors’ request to vacate last year’s domestic violence conviction, paving the way for his April 8 sentencing.

The former Marvel star faces up to a year in prison on a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault and a lower-level harassment charge in connection with a fight with his then-girlfriend Grace Jabbari.

A Manhattan jury concluded in December that Majors recklessly injured Jabbari while arguing over his cellphone in the backseat of a chauffeur-driven car on the streets of Chinatown a year ago.

Majors was acquitted of charges of intentional assault and aggravated harassment, indicating that jurors did not believe prosecutors had proven that Jabbari’s injuries — a broken finger and a cut behind the ear — were caused intentionally.

Last month, Majors challenged his conviction for miscarriage of justice and insufficient evidence.

On Monday, Criminal Court Judge Michael Gaffey, who presided over the December trial, denied the defense’s motion to overturn the verdict.

There was no miscarriage of justice in asking the jury to determine whether Majors recklessly caused Jabbari’s injuries, Gaffey ruled in his four-page decision.

“There was a reasonable view of the evidence demonstrating that the defendant acted recklessly,” Gaffey wrote.

Jabbari had testified that after grabbing Majors’ phone, he attempted to “pull the phone out of my fingers” and was “really trying to let me let go of the thing I was holding,” the judge noted.

Jabbari also said Majors hit her in the head while they continued to fight on the phone, the judge wrote.

It was “reasonable” for jurors to view the two injuries as an unintended consequence of the couple’s argument, the judge wrote.

Gaffey’s ruling then addresses the defense’s contention that the judge should have explained to jurors the laws surrounding the legal defense of “justification” before deliberations.

But the defense never presented a justification, the judge noted. Instead, the defense “argued that Ms. Jabbari was injured later that night after leaving defendant,” the judge wrote.

Finally, the judge wrote that there was sufficient evidence at trial to support that Majors was guilty of second-degree harassment.

The evidence included Jabbari’s testimony and street surveillance video showing Majors pushing her into the car again. The defense had countered that Majors was trying to stop Jabbari from being hit by traffic.

Defense lawyer Priya Chaudhry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the judge’s decision.

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