Jonathan Majors Addresses Assault Conviction in Powerful Speech at Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards

Majors speaks about his assault conviction while accepting the Perseverance Award at the 2024 Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards

Jonathan Majors at the 4th Annual Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)
Jonathan Majors at the 4th Annual Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)

Actor Jonathan Majors, who has faced significant personal and legal challenges over the past year, addressed his assault and harassment convictions during an emotional acceptance speech at the 2024 Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards.

The event, held on Friday, June 21, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, saw Majors honored with the Perseverance Award.

Majors, 34, reflected on the turbulent period following his December 2023 sentencing, where he was convicted of misdemeanor third-degree assault and second-degree harassment in relation to an altercation with his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.

As part of his sentencing, Majors is currently undergoing a 12-month domestic violence intervention program.

Standing before the audience, Majors openly discussed the emotional and psychological impact of his legal troubles. “I reckon folks want to know about this last year.

As a Black man in the criminal justice system, I felt anger. I felt sadness, hurt, surprise,” he shared. “When they snatched me up out of my apartment in handcuffs, I didn’t feel like all that. I didn’t feel like Jonathan Majors. … I felt like a little scared, weak boy.

Despite the support and the evidence that was in my favor. I knew s— was bad. It was bad because of who I was and what I am.”

Jonathan Majors with the Perseverance Award at the Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)
Jonathan Majors with the Perseverance Award at the Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)

Acknowledging his own faults and the complex societal perceptions of Black men, Majors said, “We live in a world where men, Black men in particular, are propped up as either superheroes or super villains. But I’ve come to realize, me personally, I ain’t none of that. I’m imperfect. I have shortcomings, I acknowledge them. I love my craft.”

Majors spoke about how his faith has been challenged and fortified by his experiences, stating, “My faith has been tested and has been strengthened by this testimony.

I’ve sat in that pitch black, and what I’ve learned is that we catch a glimpse of light, you run as hard and as fast as you can towards it.”

Expressing gratitude, Majors thanked his family, his girlfriend Meagan Good, and a host of supporters including Will Smith, Tyler Perry, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Directing his affection towards Good, Majors said, “I love you with all my strength, with all my heart. You done carried me so, so, so, so many nights.”

Majors concluded his speech with a powerful message of resilience and community support, saying, “I received this award not just as an acknowledgment that I have persevered, but as a command to be there for others and to help them win and if their trials come.”

The Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, also honored other notable figures: designer Christian Louboutin with the Innovator Award, rapper Fat Joe with the Culture Award, and singer Cardi B with the Inspiration Award.

Jonathan Majors at the Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)
Jonathan Majors at the Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)

In its announcement earlier this month, Hollywood Unlocked described the Perseverance Award as recognition for individuals who, despite facing adversity, continue to inspire others.

It characterized Majors’ legal battles as “setbacks,” noting his ongoing determination to reclaim his reputation within the industry.

In December 2023, a jury found Majors guilty of the charges following a trial where Grace Jabbari, a 31-year-old British actress and dancer, testified against him.

Majors did not testify in his own defense during the trial. The conviction stemmed from a 2023 incident involving Jabbari, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Despite these challenges, Majors has continued to pursue his acting career. He has recently secured a role in an upcoming revenge thriller titled “Merciless,” directed by Martin Villeneuve, brother of acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve.

This marks his first film role since the conviction. Majors has also made several public appearances post-conviction, including attending the Frederick Douglass Awards in New York City on June 6, where he supported Meagan Good, an honorary co-chair at the New York Urban League’s annual event.

Majors, known for his performances in “Creed III” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” remains a prominent figure in Hollywood. As he navigates his personal and professional life following his legal issues, his acceptance of the Perseverance Award highlights his commitment to resilience and his dedication to moving forward.

News Source: PEOPLE Magazine

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