NEW YORK — Jonathan Majors’ ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari broke down on the witness stand in Manhattan Thursday, after the Marvel actor’s lawyer made her repeatedly watch video of herself disoriented and injured from the morning after she says he assaulted her.
Jabbari, 30, lost her composure during her third day of testimony at Majors’ Manhattan Criminal Court domestic violence trial, as she was grilled on exactly what she told police when they found her in the closet of Majors’ penthouse apartment in Chelsea.
“I really don’t want to watch that video,” Jabbari said, as defense lawyer Priya Chaudhry made her wear a pair of headphones and repeatedly watch on a laptop body camera footage showing her answering the responding New York Police Department officers’ questions.
Majors, who has been cast as the villain Kang the Conqueror in a number Marvel movies and the TV show “Loki,” has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and harassment.
Jabbari alleges the “Lovecraft Country” actor became aggressive when she grabbed his phone in the actor’s private car after seeing him get a text from another woman, twisted her arm behind her back and struck her, resulting in a fractured right middle finger and a nasty cut behind her right ear.
Majors, 34, contends that he’s the victim and that Jabbari is unstable and lying about what happened.
Chaudhry brought up the body camera footage in an attempt to whittle away at Jabbari’s credibility, asking her if she remembered the moments she told officers that she didn’t know how her finger was hurt, or that she didn’t know if she had fallen down.
At one point, Jabbari broke down sobbing and was allowed to leave the witness stand, but Chaudhry persisted, making her watch the footage whenever she couldn’t recall what she said.
She was also made to watch video showing Majors shoving her into the private car early March 25 in lower Manhattan, as Chaudhry challenged her on whether she was facing him or away from him.
“I just don’t want to watch it again if that’s OK,” Jabbari said before muttering, “This is going to make me sick.”
Earlier in the day, Chaudhry went minute-by-minute through Jabbari’s actions after the alleged assault, including how the British choreographer went out drinking with three strangers she met on the street while running away from Majors.
“I was feeling pain everywhere, but I was choosing to ignore it, to get myself into a happier spot,” Jabbari said as Chaudhry asked her about her dancing in Loosie’s Nightclub in lower Manhattan. “I wasn’t focusing on the pain. I was just trying to have a nice time.”
Chaudhry confronted Jabbari with video footage from inside the nightclub, pointing out the moments where she pulled her hair back or brushed it near her ear, grabbed a glass of champagne, did a shot of tequila and sucked on a lime with her right hand, or hugged “Chloe,” one of the three people she went to the club with.
“And you just took the champagne in your right hand?” the lawyer asked, with Jabbari responding, “Yes.”
“And then proceeded to the dance floor?” Chaudhry asked. “Yes,” Jabbari responded.
“And brushed your hair back one more time?”
Chaudhry also pointed out Jabbari’s repeated texts after Majors’ arrest where she said she didn’t want him charged.
“Please let me know you’re OK when you get this. They assured me that you won’t be charged,” she said, later texting him to say, “I’m so angry that they did and I’m sorry you’re in this position. Will make sure nothing happens about this… I told them it was my fault for trying to grab your phone.”
Jabbari returns to the witness stand Friday.