Jonathan Majors: Marvel star avoids jail and is sentenced to probation

Jonathan Majors has been sentenced to probation after he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, British choreographer Grace Jabbari.

The US actor, dropped by Marvel after his conviction, must now complete a 52-week domestic violence intervention programme.

He avoided up to a year in jail after being convicted of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment last year.

Majors must also continue with mental health therapy, the judge ruled.

Justice Michael Gaffey of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan sentenced Majors to conditional discharge after noting that both sides in the case agreed the charges did not warrant jail time.

Instead, the judge ruled Majors must complete the “in-person batterer’s intervention programme” in Los Angeles, where the actor lives.

Majors had played villain Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel films. He starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania last February and in Disney+ series Loki, now in its second season.

In her impact statement, Jabbari said she had been left in emotional and physical pain.

The court heard Majors and Jabbari were in a car in New York when she saw a text message from another woman on Majors’ phone, which said: “Wish I was kissing you right now.”

Prosecutors say that when she took the phone, Majors grabbed her, twisted her arm behind her back and hit her in the head to get it back.

Ms Jabbari was left with a fractured finger, bruising and a cut behind her ear.

Majors had denied assaulting Ms Jabbari and filed charges against her, claiming she was the one who assaulted him. Prosecutors said the case lacked merit.

Majors did not comment as he left the courtroom.

In a recent interview with ABC News, the actor said he was “shocked” at the guilty verdict and he believed he would eventually be back to work in Hollywood. “I pray that I do,” he said.

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