Jonathan Majors’ Texts Seem to Show Evidence of Prior Assault
The criminal trial of Jonathan Majors is currently underway, stemming from a March 25, 2023 incident in which the actor was arrested on assault, strangulation, and harassment charges following an alleged domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend. And on Friday, the prosecution entered some pretty damning text messages into evidence that Majors sent to the alleged victim, who has since been identified as 30-year-old actress Grace Jabbari.
The text messages in question were not related to the alleged assault from March, but from a previous incident that occurred in September 2022. Details from that incident were not given to the jury as they were precluded from being part of the trial, but the messages suggest that Jabbari sustained injuries to her head as the result of an altercation with Majors.
“I fear you have no perspective of what could happen if you go to the hospital, People reports the 34-year-old texted to Jabbari, who tearfully read the messages in court on her fourth and final day on the stand. “They will ask you questions, and as I don’t think you actually protect us, it could lead to investigation even if you do lie, and they suspect something.”
“I will tell the doctor I bumped my head,” Jabbari said, reading her response, before she was unable to continue through her tears and Assistant District Attorney Kelli Galaway was forced to take over.
“I will tell the doctor I bumped my head if I go,” Galaway continued. “I’m going to give it one more day, but I can’t sleep and I need some stronger painkillers. That’s all: why would I tell them what really happened when it’s clear I want to be with you.”
Majors then seemed to threaten to commit suicide if Jabbari insisted on going to the hospital.
“Last night I considered killing myself versus coming home,” he wrote. “I need love too. Or maybe I’m such a monster and horrible man, I don’t deserve it. And I should just kill myself. In this way, my existence is miserable, I want to die.”
“I will not go to the doctor if you don’t feel safe with me doing so, or don’t trust me to,” she conceded. “I promise you I would never mention you but understand your fear.”
Although the incident was previously considered inadmissible, earlier in the week, Majors’s defense attorney Priya Chaudhry had grilled Jabbari on why she told emergency personnel that she didn’t remember how she had become injured in the March 2023 incident. The presiding Judge Michael Gaffey said Friday morning that Chaudhry had asked the questions in an attempt to challenge Jabbari’s credibility “even though they knew there might be another reason she was not forthcoming,” and allowed the texts to be entered into evidence.
When Galaway questioned Jabbari on the stand about why she hadn’t been forthcoming with emergency personnel, she admitted: “I was just scared of the consequences of it. I still wanted to protect him.”
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