Jonathan Majors Credits Girlfriend for Support after Domestic Violence Conviction

Jonathan Majors Credits Girlfriend for Support after Domestic Violence Conviction

Jonathan Majors tearfully accepted the perseverance award at Friday’s Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards.

The actor, 34, who has been living quietly since he  was convicted in December of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, was honored as ‘an individual who has shown that no matter what adversity they face, they will continue to aspire to inspire.’

As part of his sentence, handed down in April, The Harder They Fall star was ordered to attend a 52-week in-person domestic violence intervention program.

The ceremonies were hosted by Tiffany Haddish and the awards were founded by Hollywood Unlocked founder Jason Lee.  

Jonathan Majors Credits Girlfriend for Support after Domestic Violence Conviction

Jonathan Majors, 34, tearfully accepted the Perseverance award at Friday’s Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards.  He was honored for continued ‘to aspire to inspire,’ following his December 2023 conviction on domestic abuse charges 

‘I reckon folks want to know about the last year,’ Majors said as he began his 17-minute speech, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘As a Black man in the criminal justice system, I felt anger, I felt sadness, hurt, surprise. When they snatched me up out of my apartment in handcuffs, I didn’t feel like all that,’  he said, gesturing to a screen that had just played highlights from his various performances. 

‘I didn’t feel like Jonathan Majors, Mr. Creed, Mr. Kang; I felt like a little scared, weak boy,’ he explained, adding, ‘despite the support and evidence that was in my favor, I knew s**t was bad. And it was bad because of who I was and what I am. This is what happens to Black people all too often.’

Majors said he persevered through his faith. 

‘The God I serve has put me in a position where I’ve had to embody that word more than I wished or wanted to.’

‘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.’

‘I’ve sat in that pitch black,’ he shared, ‘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.’

The Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards were founded by Hollywood Unlocked founder Jason Lee.  Majors' girlfriend, Meagan Good, 42, accompanied him to the ceremonies

The Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards were founded by Hollywood Unlocked founder Jason Lee.  Majors’ girlfriend, Meagan Good, 42, accompanied him to the ceremonies 

Majors was convicted on misdemeanor domestic violence charges involving his former girlfriend Grace Jabbari in December 2023  (Pictured in New York in April)

In April, he was ordered to attend a 52-week of in-person domestic violence intervention program  (Pictured in New York in December)

Majors was convicted on misdemeanor domestic violence charges involving his former girlfriend Grace Jabbari in December 2023.  In April, he was ordered to attend a 52-week of in-person domestic violence intervention program   

During his speech, Majors said his faith had helped him persevere. 'The God I serve has put me in a position where I¿ve had to embody that word more than I wished or wanted to'

During his speech, Majors said his faith had helped him persevere. ‘The God I serve has put me in a position where I’ve had to embody that word more than I wished or wanted to’

The Creed III actor also thanked some of his A-list friends for their support, recalling ‘the midnight text from my brother Will Smith, letting the homie know, “Hey I’m thinking about you man.”‘

He revealed ‘Tyler Perry breathed life into me, just supporting and loving on people the way he does.’

‘David Oyelowo and his whole group of threads — I think maybe some of y’all are on that thread,’ he said the the crowd, adding, ‘I don’t participate because it’s crazy but I feel the love.’  

‘Courtney B. Vance has been with me from Lovecraft Country,’ calling the actor, ‘my Uncle George forever.’

Other supporters included Whoopi Goldberg ‘breathed this light of wisdom and understanding and caring onto me and my queen (girlfriend Meagan Good). It was Whoopi who allowed us to understand the support of community.’

He thanked his mother Terri, who ‘brought me into this world on September 7, 1989, in Lompoc, California, on a military base and stood behind her 34-year-old son as she heard him say, “Guilty.'”

Majors repeatedly told Good, 42, who was also crying, ‘I love you, I love you beyond all limit, with all my strength, with all my heart I love you.’

The Emmy nominee added, ‘I receive this award not just as an acknowledgment that I have persevered, but as a command to be there for others and help them when and if their trials come.’

Majors thanked many of his A-list friends for standing by him during his legal problems, recalling 'the midnight text from my brother Will Smith, letting the homie know, "Hey I¿m thinking about you man"'    (Pictured in Los Angeles in May)

Majors thanked many of his A-list friends for standing by him during his legal problems, recalling ‘the midnight text from my brother Will Smith, letting the homie know, “Hey I’m thinking about you man”‘    (Pictured in Los Angeles in May)

'Tyler Perry breathed life into me, just supporting and loving on people the way he does,' Majors say of the media mogul   (Pictured in New York in February)

‘Tyler Perry breathed life into me, just supporting and loving on people the way he does,’ Majors say of the media mogul   (Pictured in New York in February)

Majors said 'Courtney B. Vance has been with me from Lovecraft Country,' calling the actor, 'my Uncle George forever'   (Pictured in Beverly Hills in September 2023)

 Majors said ‘Courtney B. Vance has been with me from Lovecraft Country,’ calling the actor, ‘my Uncle George forever’   (Pictured in Beverly Hills in September 2023)

‘Perseverance rests on the shoulders of many; I command myself to be shoulders to our community, to my queen, to our industry, to our culture.’

He then spoke to his nine-year-old daughter, ‘And just to Ella, my baby girl, we’re gonna be alright. Your father loves you.’

Majors closed by saying, ‘I love y’all, I thank you for this. To be in this room with these great entertainers, these great Black artists, woo. Ain’t no place like home.’

Cardi B, Sharon Stone, Fat Joe, Da Brat and wife Jesseca Harris-Dupart, U.S. Rep. Jasmine Crockett, civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump, and Christian Louboutin were also honored. 

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