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Jonathan Majors dropped by Marvel after actor found guilty of assaulting and harassing ex-girlfriend
18 December 2023, 20:21 | Updated: 19 December 2023, 00:44
Jonathan Majors has been dropped by Marvel after he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari.
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Majors, who starred in Ant-Man 3 and both seasons of Loki on Disney+, will be sentenced in February, nearly a year after he was arrested.
He faces up to one year in jail.
Marvel has decided to part ways with the actor, who played Kang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
He had been lined up as the new villain of the movie franchise, with the next Avengers instalment called 'The Kang Dynasty'.
It is unclear if Marvel plans to recast the character or move away from him entirely, but a spokesperson for Disney confirmed Majors would not be appearing in any future projects.
It follows a trial in New York, in which Majors was accused of assaulting and harrasing his ex-girlfriend, Jabbari, a British choreographer.
Majors and his girlfriend at the time, Jabbari, got into an altercation while rising an SUV on their way to the actor's apartment in New York in March of this year.
Jabbari said in court that Majors got physical after she saw 'flirty texts' on his phone from other women.
Majors struck Jabbari on the head afterwards, she told the court.
Majors had faced three misdemeanour charges for assault, aggravated assault and harassment.
The jury found him guilty of two misdemeanour charges of domestic assault. He was cleared of two other charges.
Ms Jabbari, a British dancer, 30, accused Majors of an attack inside the vehicle that left her in "excruciating" pain.
She said he hit her in the head with his open hand, twisted her arm behind her back and squeezed her middle finger until it fractured.
Majors' lawyers said she was the aggressor, alleging she flew into a jealous rage after reading a text message on his phone sent by another woman.
They said Ms Jabbari had spread a "fantasy" to take down the actor, who was only trying to regain his phone and get away safely.
The verdict dealt a major blow to Majors, who was on the verge of Hollywood stardom until his arrest in March sent his career into a tailspin.
Once expected to lead the next phase of the Marvel universe as the supervillain Kang the Conqueror, Majors faced an uncertain future with the lucrative franchise after the abuse charges.
The actor has lost other parts and endorsement deals and seen his critically-acclaimed drama, Magazine Dreams, pulled from its scheduled release earlier this month.