Lawyers for former ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett sued the city of Chicago Wednesday; claiming the actor was the victim of “malicious prosecution” that caused “humiliation and extreme duress.”
“Jussie Smollett says the $10,000 he was mandated to pay after the criminal case against him was closed should prevent the city of Chicago from seeking reimbursement for the police investigation following his claim, back in January 2019, that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack,” reports Fox News.
“In January, Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop at approximately 2 a.m. The openly gay actor alleged that the masked men beat him, taunted him with homophobic and racial slurs and yelled, ‘This is MAGA country,’” adds Fox.
Jussie Smollett Sues City of Chicago for Malicious Prosecution https://t.co/lixrjah5Tj
— TMZ (@TMZ) November 20, 2019
In February, law enforcement determined that Smollett may have been behind the alleged attack; possibly over a compensation dispute with his network.
He was ultimately charged with filing a false police report.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Source: Fox News
SMOLLETT’S STATEMENT: Lawyer Says Actor ‘Betrayed’ by Legal System Seeking to ‘Skip Due Process’
The legal team representing ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett released an official statement Thursday evening; saying the celebrity was “betrayed” by the legal system that orchestrated a “law enforcement spectacle.”
“Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing,” read the statement.
“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” the statement added. “The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election,” it added.
Smollett was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with filing a false police report regarding an alleged hate-crime hoax.
Read the full report here.
BREAKING NOW: Chicago Police Release ‘Hundreds of Documents’ on Jussie Smollett Case
The Chicago Police Department released ‘hundreds of pages of documents’ regarding ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case Thursday; disclosing the material weeks after prosecutors abruptly dropped multiple felony charges.
“Feb 13: Police located and interviewed the Osundairo brothers, who confessed. They said Jussie Smollett planned and staged the attack. This was one day before Smollett went on Good Morning America,” posted a reporter with CBS Chicago.
Feb 13: Police located and interviewed the Osundairo brothers, who confessed. They said Jussie Smollett planned and staged the attack. This was one day before Smollett went on Good Morning America. pic.twitter.com/hgcfpeoxKI
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) May 30, 2019
The weather conditions stated in the supplemental police report the night (morning) Smollett says he was beaten. pic.twitter.com/RxjMXwciau
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) May 30, 2019
Here’s a supplemental police report that states how Smollett described one of the alleged offenders. pic.twitter.com/YaT99CIhWS
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) May 30, 2019
I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"
Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.
Countless phone calls placed for this.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019
The disclosure comes days after a judge in Cook County ordered the documents “unsealed.”
“Cook County judge Steven G. Watkins’ decision came months after a dizzying set of events: First, Smollett alleged he’d been the victim of a hate crime; after an extensive investigation, Chicago cops arrested Smollett and accused him of faking the supposed attack; and then, Cook County prosecutors suddenly dropped the charges against Smollett and his case was sealed,” reports Fox News.
“In January, Smollett made national headlines when he filed a police report alleging two masked men attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him as he was walking home from a fast food eatery. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said the masked men beat him, made racist and homophobic comments and yelled, ‘This is MAGA country’ — a reference to President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan — before fleeing the scene,” adds the article.
Chicago officials and the city’s Police Department fumed after a lone prosecutor decided to drop the case.
The City of Chicago officially filed a lawsuit against ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett weeks ago; seeking to recoup the costs associated with his alleged hate crime hoax that occupied more than 24 police officers over a two-week period.
“The 12-page civil lawsuit , filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal battle that shows no signs of abating since Smollett reported that masked men beat him up on Jan. 29 in Chicago, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck,” reports the Associated Press.
“The lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount of money the city is seeking but does indicate it wants over $390,000 plus ‘further relief as this Court deems just and equitable.’ It also asks that Smollett be ordered to foot any legal bills Chicago incurs in suing him,” adds the author.
Read the full report at Fox News.