Whether or not Jonathan Majors will testify in his defense at Loki The actor's domestic violence trial took on greater importance today as the Manhattan District Attorney's office rested its case this morning.

Almost immediately after the prosecution ended, the defense team led by Priya Chaudhry proposed that the case be dismissed, as is a standard tactic in such trials. With Majors himself sitting just a few feet away in the courtroom at 100 Center Street, Judge Michael Gaffey rejected the motion, as is quite common in such trials.

Even with apparent past incidents surfacing in court, Majors has insisted he is innocent since being arrested for assault earlier this year for the alleged March 25 incident with then-girlfriend Grace Jabbari. If the actor is found guilty by the jury of three men and three women, he could face up to a year in prison for the misdemeanors.

On June 22, continuing his claim that Jabbari was the aggressor that spring night, Majors filed a cross-complaint against the British nation, whom he had been dating since 2021. In late October, Jabbari presented himself at a police station in New York police and was arrested. Reiterating what they had said before, District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office said they would not prosecute her and “the matter is closed and sealed.”

On Wednesday morning, Ronnie Mejia of the NYPD, who had recommended an investigation into Jabbari's alleged actions, was the defense's first witness. Mejia noted that it was Majors' lawyers, not the actor himself, who showed up at the police station in June.

To date, jurors in Majors' domestic violence trial in New York City have spent more than a week hearing evidence surrounding the fight that broke out between the Dreams Magazine star and choreographer Jabbari during a car ride home on March 25.

They captured surveillance video, text exchanges, secretly recorded audio and an eyewitness account of the driver that night. They watched tearful testimony from Jabbari, who said Majors had a short temper and hit her in the car when she saw a text from another woman and tried to take his phone.

But the jury did not hear directly from Majors himself, and the question of whether he will take a stand in his own defense has hung over the case from the beginning. Chaudhry raised the possibility during jury selection, asking the group of 39 potential jurors if anyone wouldn't believe him as a witness just because he's an actor.

However, prosecutors in the district attorney's office are using Majors' own words against him to try to persuade the jury that he was an abuser, physically and emotionally, during the two years the couple spent together and on March 25.

In a dramatic shift by the court, some of the material that Judge Michael Gaffey had previously sealed, calling it “likely harmful and inflammatory,” has now reached jurors, with the judge ruling that the defense opened the door to unsealing with his interrogation of Jabbari. In evidence unsealed by the court this morning, photos of Jabbari and his injuries taken by NYPD officers in March were released, as were several texts from Majors threatening suicide to his then-girlfriend. Apparently occurring after a disagreement between the couple in their contentious relationship, these texts were referenced earlier in the case.

Like today, Majors spent the trial sitting among his lawyers, sometimes taking notes, while family members and his current girlfriend, actress Meagan Good, watched from public seats in a courtroom packed with spectators. A ceramic cup and a Bible with gold-leaf pages that he takes to court are on the table in front of him. It was unclear until today whether developments in the trial made Majors' testimony more likely.

Jurors last week heard Majors castigate Jabbari for her shortcomings as a partner in audio Jabbari recorded without her knowledge in London in 2022. “I’m a great man…doing great things,” Majors said in the recording. “The woman who supports me… needs to be a great woman and make sacrifices.”

Majors sat impassively in court on December 8 as potentially damning texts between him and Jabbari about an incident in London – six months before his arrest in New York – were read aloud. “If it is, I will tell the doctor I hit my head,” Jabbari wrote about plans to get painkillers from a hospital. Majors responded that going to the hospital “would lead to an investigation, even if you lie and they suspect something.”

The trial was expected to last about two weeks when opening statements were filed on December 4. Judicial sources indicate that they believe the schedule will still be valid.

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