Will Jonathan Majors Go to Trial? Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Case, Setting the Stage for Legal Showdown

The Latest Development

New York Judge Michael Gaffey has denied the motion to dismiss misdemeanor assault and harassment charges against actor Jonathan Majors. This decision paves the way for a trial set to commence on November 29. The defense had also filed a motion under seal, requesting that certain evidentiary matters remain confidential. The state did not take a position on this, and Judge Gaffey has allowed the press to submit papers opposing this by November 6.

The Charges and Counter-Complaints

Majors, known for his role in Marvel’s “Loki,” faces four misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident on March 25. Police responded to a 911 call from a 30-year-old woman, identified as Grace Jabbari, who reported being assaulted by Majors. She had sustained minor injuries. Majors was released from police custody later that day.

In a twist, Majors filed a cross-complaint against Jabbari in June, alleging that she was the one who attacked him. His attorney, Priya Chaudhry, has denied all wrongdoing on behalf of her client. Chaudhry also stated that Majors had called 911 out of concern for Jabbari’s mental health.

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Legal Maneuvers and Courtroom Drama

The defense filed a motion to dismiss the case on September 12, claiming that the state withheld evidence and interfered with the NYPD’s investigation into Jabbari. They also alleged that the state did not disclose communications with the NYPD or any benefits discussed in relation to not prosecuting Jabbari. The defense argued that these actions violated Majors’ right to a speedy trial.

However, Judge Gaffey ruled that only 71 days had passed, not the 100 chargeable days claimed by the defense. Prosecutors also disputed the elapsed time, stating that only 34 chargeable days have elapsed and that they have provided all relevant evidence.

What’s Next?

The two parties disagree on who the perpetrator was. According to court documents, the events of March 25 began when Jabbari saw a message on Majors’ phone and reached over to grab it. Majors allegedly grabbed her hand, twisted her forearm, and struck her ear. Jabbari sustained substantial pain, including a fractured finger and bruising.

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The trial is set to begin on November 29, and it promises to be a closely watched event given the high-profile nature of the accused and the serious allegations involved.

Final Thoughts

As the case unfolds, it’s crucial to remember that these are allegations and that both parties are innocent until proven guilty. The upcoming trial will be a pivotal moment, not just for the individuals involved but also for the broader conversation around domestic violence and the legal system.

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