Grace Jabbari takes the stand, testifying on Jonathan Majors' alleged rage in assault trial
Jonathan Majors, who attended the courtroom proceedings on Tuesday, entered a plea of not guilty.
Jonathan Majors (Source: ABC)
The purported altercation between Jonathan Majors and his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, initiated with a text message from a woman saved as Cleopatra in the phone of the Creed III actor, according to prosecutors' opening statements in his assault trial on Monday morning. Prosecutors claim that, as they returned from dinner together in March, Jabbari allegedly observed a text appearing on Majors' phone containing a link to D'Angelo's song "Lady," accompanied by Cleopatra's message: "Wish I was kissing you."
On Tuesday morning, Jabbari took the witness stand, seldom making eye contact with Majors, who kept his gaze directed at his lap from his position at the defense table. Clad in a gray-and-red plaid suit, the 30-year-old British dancer frequently shed tears, using a tissue to wipe her eyes and offering apologies to the judge for her emotional state.
She recounted numerous instances when she claimed to have felt fearful of triggering the man she portrayed as prone to quick "rage and aggression." "His demeanor changes when he enters that state," Jabbari shared with the jury. "Given his size, you instinctively want to step back."
Jonathan Majors Faces Legal Battle
At 34 years old, Majors confronts accusations of two counts of assault in the third degree, aggravated harassment in the second degree, and harassment in the second degree arising from the purported altercation in March.
Facing the possibility of up to one year in jail upon conviction by a six-member Manhattan jury, Majors has consistently asserted his innocence since the outset. He formally pleaded not guilty to all charges last week through his legal representation.
As part of the trial's evidence, Jabbari displayed a photograph to the jury, asserting that she had captured the image following a confrontation with Majors. According to her account, Majors had hurled objects within his reach, including candles, resulting in a dent in a bedroom wall and shattered glass on the floor.
"I took the photo because I noticed the change in his temper, and I just wanted a record," Jabbari explained. "Despite forgiving him repeatedly, I felt the need to have a tangible memory of him."
The evidence presented by Grace Jabbari sheds light on the tumultuous dynamics she alleges occurred during her relationship with Jonathan Majors. As the legal proceedings continue, the courtroom remains a stage for the unfolding narrative, with the accused actor vehemently maintaining his innocence.
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