Jonathan Majors sued by ex-girlfriend for defamation, assault

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The fallout from a New York jury’s conviction of Jonathan Majors for sodomy, reckless assault and harassment has resulted in a lawsuit against the actor by ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari, who claims she alerted Majors’ management team about the abuse in 2021. did.

Jabbari, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York federal court, claims assault, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution and defamation, which stem from Major’s denial that he trained professional dancers and agitators. The coach was misbehaved. After his punishment. She accused Majors of leading her in a “pattern of widespread domestic abuse that began in 2021 and extended through 2023,” detailing multiple instances of the alleged abuse.

Jabbari, who met Majors on set in 2021 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniaclaims the alleged abuse turned into physical violence in 2022 when Majors “attacked” her, causing “serious injuries to her body.”

According to the lawsuit, on September 20, 2022, after an earlier verbal altercation, Majors “pushed Grace so hard that her back was injured,” “lifted Grace into the air and threw her toward her car.” threw her against the hood” and “brought Grace back to his house and put his hands around her neck, saying he wanted to kill her, and that he was going to kill her. Majors then began strangling Grace and banging her head against the marble floor until she felt she could no longer breathe.

Jabbari says she later wanted to seek medical treatment for the incident, but alleges she was dissuaded by Majors, who told her via text, “They’re going to ask you questions, and because I don’t That you actually protect us, this could lead to a situation.” Investigation even if you lie and they suspect something.

The texts about the alleged incident surfaced as part of Majors’ criminal trial (although none of the alleged incident was discussed before then). Jurors were instructed to view this and previous instances of alleged abuse as background information rather than as evidence of a propensity to commit crimes. While several incidents in the civil suit were referenced by Jabbari as part of the criminal trial, she was able to speak largely only about the alleged emotional abuse surrounding them, rather than any claims of physical violence.

Tuesday’s lawsuit highlights some of the physical abuse, which allegedly escalated in August 2022 when the pair moved in together in London.

“In September 2022, Majors again became upset and began verbally attacking Grace while chasing her around the house,” the complaint states. “When he was finally able to get her to the bed, the Major swung his fist at her while she was frightened and shielding her face with her hands. On this occasion, Majors did not physically attack Grace; He regained control of himself and left the property as Grace locked herself in a bedroom for safety.

The lawsuit claims that later that month, Majors conducted a “violent, physical assault” on Jabbari while inviting a friend to his home. In January 2023, she disclosed the abuse to Majors’ management team, who reportedly responded by sending messages to the actor. According to the complaint, Majors was “angry at Grace for betraying him and telling a member of his team that he had physically assaulted her.”

In the new lawsuit, Jabbari reiterated comments he made during the criminal trial about Major’s behavior after the alleged incidents. “In response to Grace’s attempts to understand why Major became physically violent with her and to prevent Grace from going to the hospital or reporting the violence to authorities, Major would threaten suicide,” the lawsuit reads.

Following his arrest, Majors began a media tour intended to undermine the jury’s verdict. He claimed that she is “completely innocent”, “likely the victim”, that he “did not attack her in any way”, and that “this woman was suffering from emotional distress, which required her to be taken to hospital”. Taken away,” according to the complaint. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, he said that Jabbari had lied about the abuse and that he “never lied.” [his] Hands on a woman.”

Jabbari alleges that his statements, including interviews, good Morning America After sentencing, a case of defamation arises. “Major intended not only to cause many people to believe that Jabbari was a liar, but also to cause those people to attack, harass, intimidate, and threaten Jabbari,” the lawsuit says. Majors also intended that his defamatory statements would adversely affect Jabbari’s career.”

Additionally, the lawsuit brings a claim of malicious prosecution against Major urging prosecutors to initiate proceedings against Jabbari after Major allegedly filed a criminal complaint, which led to speculation that he could be arrested. Despite being told that prosecutors would decline to pursue the case. “A really desperate attempt to discredit his victim before trial.”

“Consistent with his pattern of intimidating Grace, Majors knowingly filed a false criminal complaint and immediately used his fame to garner news coverage in national and international media outlets in an effort to inflame the public against Grace and cause extreme emotional distress to Grace.” Broadcasted. ,” the complaint states.

Jabbari also detailed verbal abuse shortly after entering into a relationship with Majors. For example, in 2021, Majors allegedly verbally attacked and berated her for mentioning a former relationship.

“In June 2022, while Grace was out of town and unable to meet his demands, Major continued to exhibit controlling behavior,” Jabbari’s attorney Brittany Henderson writes in the lawsuit. “The visit ended with the Major promising Grace that she would never again go to a place where she was not available to reach her at all times. And thus began a long pattern of defendant Majors’ domestic violence and abusive behavior toward Grace.

The filing of the complaint follows the criminal court case against Majors, in which he was convicted in December of reckless assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor. These charges were brought by New York State, not Jabbari.

That case related to an incident between Majors and Jabbari on March 25, 2023, when she was still dating the actor. During the trial, Jabbari testified that while the two were riding in the car, she saw a message on his phone that revealed he was cheating on her and she snatched the phone from him. She said the actor then injured her, including snatching her finger from the phone and hitting her on the head as he tried to snatch the phone from her and later threw her back in the car.

Majors’ attorney in that case, Priya Chaudhary, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new lawsuit, which seeks at least $75,000 in punitive damages.

Major was scheduled to be sentenced in the criminal case on February 6, but the hearing was delayed until April 8 as prosecutors and the judge in the case responded to the defense’s motion to vacate the verdict. The charges carry a possible sentence of up to a year in prison.

As he awaits punishment Creed III And Marvel was spotted at the NAACP Awards on Saturday with his current partner, actress Meagan Good.

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