Actor and Marvel Cinematic Universe star Jonathan Majors has seen his domestic assault trial moved back again. Deadline has a report on the latest update on Majors following his recent arrest in New York City that took place earlier this year. His trial date has now been moved back to Sept. 15 following a recent hearing that took place earlier on Wednesday (Sept. 6).
JONATHAN MAJORS’ TRIAL DATE GETS DELAYED TO SEPTEMBER
Majors facing misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident that took place earlier in March at his Chelsea apartment. The actor faces up to a year behind bars if he’s found guilty of claims being prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.
Deadline reports that Assistant District Attorney Kelli Galaway informed Judge Rachel S. Pauley earlier this week that the prosecution is ready for trial. However, lawyers on the defense side stated that there were “deficiencies” in discovery that still need to be addressed. The actor himself only appeared virtually today before Judge Pauley in the hearing held in Lower Manhattan, New York.
He previously appeared in person during a hearing on Aug. 3 along with his girlfriend, actress Meagan Good. During that time, he only had some short response to the judge on his understanding of the proceedings. Majors’ lawyers Priya Chaudhry and Seth Zuckerman were also present for the hearing, along with prosecutor Galaway, representing the people.
According to Deadline, Majors appeared “impassively” for his virtual appearance, and he answered questions from Judge Pauley, saying, “Yes, ma’am.” The brief hearing is said to have lasted only five minutes.
Meanwhile, Galaway informed the courtroom, “The people are … ready for trial.” After that, Majors’ Defense lawyer Zuckerman informed Judge Pauley, “We have written to the prosecutor regarding deficiencies,” with regards to a certificate of compliance filed by the District Attorney’s office saying that prosecutors have turned over all the required case evidence to the defense. Zuckerman also reportedly stated that the correspondence on the issue between both sides is continuing.
During the previous hearing, it was the prosecution that requested a delay after Galaway informed the judge that they were not yet ready to go to trial. Also, Judge Pauley informed Majors’ attorneys at this week’s hearings that the actor will need to appear in person for the trial.
Judge Pauley also stated “Between now and the next court date no contact whatsoever with the complainant in this case, and stay in touch with your attorneys. Good luck.” Majors’ defense team has maintained the actor’s innocence and called him the victim of a “witch hunt” due to “the racial bias that permeates the criminal justice system.”
Marvel Studios and Disney have been largely silent regarding Majors’ legal issues. The actor is still slated to appear in Season 2 of Loki, appearing in marketing materials as Victor Timely, a variant of Kang the Conqueror, who Majors portrayed in the MCU blockbuster, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Majors is also expected to portray the character once again in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Following the news of his arrest, Majors was dropped by his managers 360 Entertainment and his PR team at the Lede Company. He’s also been dropped from multiple projects due to his legal issues, including roles in The Man in My Basement, which he was slated to executive produce, and a role as Otis Redding in Otis and Zelma.
He was also in line to play controversial NBA legend Dennis Rodman in the film 48 Hours in Vegas from Lionsgate. It’s unknown if Majors is out of the running on that project thought. His next scheduled film release is Magazine Dreams later this December 3 from Searchlight Pictures. Loki Season 2, featuring Majors as Victor Timely debuts on Disney+ on October 6.
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