Actor Jonathan Majors faces upgraded assault charge
Prominent American actor, Jonathan Majors, has found himself in a precarious position as his assault case takes a concerning turn.
Majors, known for his notable roles in acclaimed films and TV series, stands accused of assaulting and strangling his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, in New York City back in March.
Initially charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, the severity of the charges has escalated, as revealed by his lawyer.
In a recent court hearing conducted via Zoom, Majors and his legal team were confronted with a superseding complaint announcing an upgraded charge of third-degree assault.
This development significantly increases the potential consequences for the actor, who could face a jail term of up to one year if found guilty.
It is important to note that Majors has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to the accusations.
During the hearing, Judge Rachel S. Pauley also addressed a motion filed by Majors’ defense team.
The prosecution has been granted until May 23 to respond to this motion, further prolonging the legal proceedings.
The judge emphasized the importance of Majors’ presence in court on June 13, warning that failure to comply may result in his arrest.
Expressing concern, Judge Pauley urged the actor to maintain regular contact with his attorney to avoid such a scenario.
Following the conclusion of the hearing, Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, released a statement strongly criticizing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for what she perceives as bias in favor of the accuser.
Chaudhry argued that despite presenting compelling evidence that supports Majors’ innocence, the case continues to progress, and the DA has adjusted the charge to align with the accuser’s alleged falsehoods.
“We have provided the District Attorney with irrefutable evidence that the woman is lying, including video proof showing nothing happened, especially not where she claimed,” Chaudhry asserted in the statement.