Jussie Smollett Files Counterclaim Against Chicago for Malicious Prosecution

TheWrap | 11/20/2019 | Jennifer Maas
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Jussie Smollett filed a malicious prosecution counterclaim in federal court late Tuesday against the city of Chicago, including multiple Chicago Police Department officers.

The suit names Superintendent Eddie Johnson, as well as brothers Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo, stating that “as a proximate result of the wrongful conduct engaged in by Counterclaim-Defendants, Mr. Smollett has suffered and continues to suffer substantial economic damages as well as reputational harm, humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress in an amount according to proof at trial.”

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The document states that “The City Counterclaim-Defendants knew or should have known that no probable cause existed to prosecute Mr. Smollett, based [sic] the facts known at the time. Under the circumstances, it was obvious that prosecuting Mr. Smollett without probable cause would result in the violation of his constitutional and legal rights.”

Smollett’s counterclaim, which was obtained by TheWrap, was included at the end of a 49-page answer to Chicago’s lawsuit against the “Empire” actor, which was filed in an attempt to recover $130,106 for the investigation the city conducted due to Smollett’s alleged false claim that he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in January.

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Smollett’s counterclaim says Chicago cannot recover this money from the actor, as the city initially accepted that $10,000 from him “as payment in full in connection with the dismissal of the charges against him.”

According to the counterclaim, Smollett’s attorneys say that Chicago police wanted him prosecuted based on the Osundairo brothers’ “false, self-serving, and unreliable statements in order to close the investigation into the attack on Mr. Smollett.”

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The counterclaim states that Smollett is seeking that Chicago be denied its request relief, that Smollett is awarded compensatory and punitive damages, in an amount to be determined...
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