A New York City judge has denied a motion to dismiss all charges against actor Jonathan Majors in connection with a domestic dispute that occurred in March. The defense argued that the prosecution lacked evidence to support the misdemeanor assault and harassment charges against Majors and had violated the Speedy Trial Act. However, Judge Michael Gaffey ruled against the motion, stating that the prosecution had been ongoing for only 71 days.
The ruling clears the way for Majors to stand trial on November 29. Additionally, a new protection order has been granted for his alleged victim and ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, in relation to the March 25 dispute. Prosecutors allege that during a car ride, Jabbari attempted to grab Majors’ phone after seeing a message that read, “wish I was kissing you right now.” Majors allegedly responded by grabbing her arm, twisting it, and hitting her before pushing her into a car.
The allegations against Majors caused immediate outrage in Hollywood, leading to his removal from management, PR firm, and upcoming productions. In June, Rolling Stone published a report alleging abusive behavior by Majors towards crew members, former partners, and classmates. Majors’ legal team has since attempted to prove his innocence, filing a domestic violence complaint against Jabbari and releasing surveillance footage and text messages.
Prior to the recent hearing, news reports suggested that Jabbari may face charges in connection with the domestic dispute. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office previously stated that it would decline to prosecute any charges against Jabbari if police decided to charge her. The prosecution has also obtained a London Metropolitan Police report related to a September 2022 incident, the details of which are currently unclear.
The trial is set to proceed, and Majors will face charges of assault and harassment.