The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has released several unsettling text messages and an audio recording as part of the ongoing trial of Jonathan Majors, who is facing allegations of assault.
Recently unveiled evidence presented in court last week pertains to interactions between Jonathan Majors and his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. She has accused him of assaulting her in a car back in March. This newly disclosed evidence encompasses text messages wherein Majors made suicide threats and an audio recording capturing an argument during which Majors advised Jabbari to emulate the behaviors of Coretta Scott King and Michelle Obama.
The text messages in question, dated September 2022, revolve around a previous incident involving Majors and Jabbari when they were in a relationship. In these messages, it appears that Majors discouraged Jabbari from seeking medical attention after she had sustained a head injury.
“I fear you have no perspective of what could happen if you go to the hospital,” Majors wrote. “They will ask you questions, and as I don’t think you actually protect us, it could lead to an investigation even if you do lie and they suspect something.”
Jabbari responded, “I will tell the doctor I bumped my head, if I go, I’m going to give it one more day, but I can’t sleep and need some stronger painkillers. That’s all. Why would I want to tell them what really happened when it’s clear I want to be with you.”
Apart from the text messages, a courtroom release also included an audio recording of an argument between Majors and Jabbari. In this recording, Majors conveyed to Jabbari that she needed to possess a particular mindset to support him.
“I’m a great man. A great man,” Majors said in the clip. “I am doing great things, not just for me, but for my, for my culture and the world. That is actually the position I’m in. That’s real. I’m not being a dick about it. I didn’t ask for it. I’ve worked, and that’s the situation. The woman that supports me — that I support, the work that — needs to be a great woman and make sacrifices the way that man is making for her and for them, ultimately.”
Nevertheless, Judge Michael Gaffey declined a motion put forth by Majors’ legal team to have the charges against him dismissed. Priya Chaudhry and Seth Zuckerman, who are representing Majors, argued that the prosecution lacked adequate evidence to establish the necessary legal intent for Majors’ assault and harassment charges. Judge Michael Gaffey rejected their plea, and this decision followed a prior unsuccessful attempt to have the case dismissed in the autumn, before the trial had commenced.