During the month of November, Jonathan was charged with an assault case against his ex-girlfriend. This, amid an assault case, even caused Disney to take the decision to pull the release of his upcoming movie, Magazine Dreams, from its release date.
Earlier, in the presentation of the defense, it was said by the actor’s prosecutor that the accuser, Grace Jabbari, was suspected of suicide risk, but these words were taken back on Monday morning, saying that they regret the error caused and that they’ve corrected it.
What happened at the Monday hearing of the case?
Major had appeared at the Lower Manhattan courthouse around 9:25 am, along with his present girlfriend (Meghan Good), holding a Bible. Majors has pleaded not guilty to the infringement assault charges and will have to be carried up in jail for a year.
During the argument at the opening of the case in New York on Monday, the prosecution stated to the jury that Jonathan Major was mentally abusive towards Grace Jabbari and had manipulated her in many circumstances. When she caught him having a connection with some other woman as he was cheating on her, he turned the psychological abuse into physical abuse.
Michael Perez, the Assignment Manhattan district attorney, stated that whatever happened on March 25 during the incident that took place in the back of a cab in Chinatown is just a part of a “cruel and manipulative pattern of psychological and physical abuse” that is attempted by Majors to a Manhattan Criminal Court jury during the opening statements of the case.
Perez also mentioned that when Major was taken under custody at a Chelsea apartment the following day, they found no marks of scratches when being testified.
On the other hand, Grace Jabbari was the one who was evaluated at the hospital with blood behind her ear and also a broken finger. He presented this point to bring forward the point of who can actually be the victim of physical abuse from the incident.
Furthermore, Perez also explained what actually happened that night between both of them with a witness to his response. Back on the night when the incident took place, while the couple were on their way back to Manhattan from Brooklyn, Jabbari had caught Major having a not-so-casual conversation with some other women.
When she tried to dig deep to know more about what was going on, he tried to snatch back his phone, during which he struck her in the head and also inflicted certain other injuries.
The witness to the whole incident is the CCTV camera on the street where the whole incident took place. In the footage, it was captured that Major had grabbed Grace’s head with his hands and then shoved her back into the car.
Perez also mentioned that jurors might have heard that Jabbari’ was discharged quickly after she had been evaluated at Bellevue the next day, and the physician who was present at that moment was under expectation of being testified.
This not only ends here; Perez also brought this to the attention of jurors by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, the story then takes a turn,” as he stated that Majors had gone to report a case of aggression against his girlfriend regarding that night of incidence in the month of June. Perez said, “Not the next day, not the next week, not the next month,” but “Three months later, he walks into a precinct to file a counter-complaint.”
Though the NYPD arrested Jabbari’ in September based on a complaint filed by Major against her, no merit was found by prosecutors in this case. Hence, the case was closed.
Priya Chaudhary, Majors’ lawyer, in his defense of all the statements given against him, told the jurors that the case is a cause of jealousy for an ex-girlfriend who is upset about her breakup as the couple had dated for two years.
Chaudhary clarifies that it was an incident in which” two people are in the back of a car. They have a seconds-long physical altercation over a text message on a cell phone, she also added. “One person emerges from the car with a bloody gash.
Major’s lawyer presented in front of the jurors that in the whole situation, it was her client who had been injured, and Jabbari’ was like, “The other person emerges unscathed and unhurt and gives chase on foot through traffic like in a movie.”
They also said that Jabbari’ had spent the night at the club for hours with people who found her in distress, as seen in the CCTV footage, but Major was at the hotel hiding with his injuries.
Furthermore, Chaudhary added that Majors called 911 after reaching the apartment and then after he found out that Jabbari’ was injured and distraught inside a closet, which seemed to indicate that she was at risk of suicide. After that, a few other statements were presented by their representatives.
The case is left to be declared a complete statement as the testimony of the driver, who was the present witness to the whole incident, and the prosecutor said that the driver would explain the behavior of Majors towards Jabbari’ that night.
Major is under other accusations as well, firstly, of submitting a disinformation witness statement on behalf of the driver, which he denied writing, and secondly, in the Rolling Stone Exposé, they’ve faced similar allegations of psychological or physical abuse towards former partners and colleagues.