NEW YORK (AP) — The woman who accused Jonathan Majors of assaulting her in the back seat of his car broke down repeatedly on the witness stand Thursday as she watched Majors pick her up and push her into the car. The actor's lawyer repeatedly played the surveillance video that was shown. vehicle.
As Grace Jabari watched Majors expressionlessly from a nearby seat, she tearfully said, “I never want to see it again.'' “This will make you sick.”
The video comes during the most emotional day in the trial for Majors, a rising Hollywood star who was arrested in March on suspicion of assaulting Jabari, who he dated for two years, in the back seat of a chauffeur-driven car. I closed my eyes.
Prosecutors say the 34-year-old actor punched her in the side of the head, breaking her middle finger, during an argument that began after he read a romantic message sent to her by another woman on his cell phone. After her driver stopped her car and they got out, Majors picked her up and threw her into her car “like a soccer ball,” her prosecutor said.
Lawyers for Major on Thursday showed for the first time zoomed-in footage of the shoving incident, arguing it undermines Jabari's testimony that his head hit the door frame as he was pushed back into the car.
“He was pushed multiple times and had multiple injuries,” Jabari responded. She accused Majors of having a “violent temper,” which led her to assault her in the back seat of a moving car, although the incident was not captured on video.
The defense also played surveillance footage from a Manhattan nightclub aimed at casting doubt on Jabari's claims that he suffered “excruciating” pain and injuries during the alleged assault.
The grainy footage shows Jabari dancing and drinking with a group of three strangers who found her distraught and without a cell phone on a Manhattan street hours after the incident and offered to help her. I was seen doing it.
Not wanting to be alone, Jabari said he went with the group to a nightclub called Lousie's, where he ordered a bottle of champagne and had shots with his new friends.
Playing video clips she collected from inside the club, Major's lawyer asked her accuser how she was able to use her injured hand to lift a champagne glass, rummage through her bag, and comb her hair. I asked questions about. behind her ear.
“I wasn't focusing on the pain. I was just trying to have a good time,” Jabari responded. “There were nice people there and I felt safe with them.”
Jabari testified that for the first time when he woke up the next morning, “I felt like I had been hit by a bus.'' She was awakened from her sleep by police officers called by the Major and entered her locked bedroom.
In body camera footage played Thursday, Jabari can be heard telling officers he got into a fight with Majors but could not remember what caused his injuries.
She said she did not give details to officers because “I was trying to protect him.”
Majors was arrested while Jabari was being treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
“Once I calmed down and tried not to worry about him, things started coming back,” she said. “When I realized it, I had run away from the scene.”
Mr. Jabari is scheduled to return to the stand for the final day of testimony on Friday.