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A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday refused to dismiss the city’s lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett, who claimed he was attacked by two white men in a hate crime.
U.S. District Virginia Kendall’s ruling will allow the city’s lawsuit to try to recoup $130,000 the police department spent trying to get to the bottom of Smollett’s claims.
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Smollett’s lawyers argued that their client should not be forced to reimburse the city because he could not have known how much time and money police would spend investigating.
Chicago police say their probe into the allegations that Smollett suffered a racist and homophobic attack that forced officers to file for nearly 1,900 hours of overtime. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
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Earlier this month, Abel and Ola Osundair, the two Nigerian brothers who were accused of attacking Smollett in a hate-crime hoax, met quietly with a special prosecutor, TMZ reported.
“Sources close to the case tell TMZ [that] Abel and Ola [Osundairo] met with Dan Webb’s team this week because the special prosecutor wanted to hear their full story — their version of Jussie’s alleged attack. … Our sources say the brothers each spent a couple hours with the special prosecutor’s team,” TMZ said.
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The brothers were held by police and interrogated soon after the alleged attack took place in January, but they were quickly released as police shifted their attention to Smollett’s involvement in allegedly staging the attack.
The actor told police that the main attacker “was wearing a ski mask that covered his entire face, with the exception of the area around his eyes, by which [Smollett] could tell the attacker was white-skinned,” according to a lawsuit against Smollett filed by the...
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