Jussie Smollett Files Lawsuit Against City of Chicago for 'Malicious Prosecution'
Disgraced actor sues city for charging him with faking his own hate crime attack
Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for "malicious prosecution" in relation to charges for a hate crime attack he faked earlier in the year.
Smollett says the $10,000 he was mandated to pay, after the criminal charges against him were suddenly dropped, should prevent the city of Chicago from seeking reimbursement for the police investigation into his false claims.
In January 2019, Smollett falsely claimed he was a victim of a "hate crime" after faking a racist and homophobic attack against himself and pretending he was targetted by "Trump supporters" because of his race and sexuality.
After the case against Smollett was mysteriously closed by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the city sued the former "Empire" star for the costs incurred while investigating his hoax.
Smollett's attorneys filed a response Tuesday to Chicago’s lawsuit in federal court.
At the same time, the failed anti-Trump actor's lawyers also filed a counterclaim against the city, insisting that Smollett was the victim of a "malicious prosecution" that caused "extreme distress" and "humiliation."
The openly gay actor alleged that the masked men beat him, taunted him with homophobic and racial slurs and yelled, "This is MAGA country."
In February, police determined that Smollett's masked assailants were brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who trained Smollett and worked with him on "Empire."
Authorities also identified the brothers as those on surveillance video purchasing the rope that was reportedly hung around Jussie's neck during the alleged attack.
After an intense investigation, police determined Smollett staged the entire episode with the help of two brothers, whom he paid to take part in the hoax assault, in an elaborate effort to drum up publicity for his middling career.
After prosecutors dropped the case in March, Smollett maintained his innocence but agreed to let authorities keep a $10,000 bail.
He was charged with filing a false police report, but those charges were dropped by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx a few weeks later.
After she dropped the charges, thousands of citizens swarmed the streets of Chicago outside Foxx's office, demanding that she faces justice for her handling of the Jussie Smollett case.
Protesters rallied on Monday over the surprise dismissal of charges — a decision that has angered the public, police and political leaders.
The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago led protesters who stood outside of Foxx's office and chanted "Foxx must go!" and "lock her up!" while holding up signs demanding her resignation.
The dropped charges infuriated Chicago police, who spent up to 1,000 hours investigating the case.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dubbed Foxx’s decision a “whitewash of justice.”