Jonathan Majors calls himself a “great man” and compares himself to Martin Luther King Jr and Barack Obama in an audio recording played during his assault trial.
On Wednesday, Judge Michael Gaffey permitted the release of a trove of evidence, including pictures, text messages and photographs of the Marvel star.
Majors, 34, was arrested in March in Manhattan after his then-girlfriend Grace Jabbari accused him of slapping her, throwing her into a car after she exited it, twisting her arm and injuring her hand.
He is charged with misdemeanors, including assault, and could be sentenced to up to a year in jail if convicted. Majors has pleaded not guilty.
The evidence released today includes text messages in which Majors threatened to commit suicide and an audio recording of an argument in which Majors told Jabbari she needed to act more like Coretta Scott King or Michelle Obama.
In the recording, which dates from September 2022, Majors can be heard asking Jabbari whether she really loves him. When she says she does, he responds: “Then how dare you come home drunk and disturb the peace of our house when we have a plan.”
After Jabbari apologises, Majors continues: “I would like to get to the point where your friends know what job I’m on and go ‘I think Grace is gonna be out of commission.’ Get me?”
He goes on: “No, no, do you understand that? Because that team, that unit, right? Grace has to be of a certain mindset to support – Coretta Scott King, do you know who that is? That’s Martin Luther King’s wife. Michelle Obama, Barack Obama’s wife.”
After Jabbari apologises again, Majors rants: “Let me just lay it out for you, right? If I am, I’m just gonna say this. My temper, my shit, all that. All that said, right? And let’s say, I’m a great man. A great man. 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. Last night, two nights ago, you did not do that.”
The trial continues. Follow live updates here.
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