Jussie Smollett sues Chicago, accuses city of malicious prosecution

Brenda Watkins
November 21, 2019

He accused police of trying to prosecute him based on the brothers' "false, self-serving and unreliable statements in order to close the investigation into the attack".

As of August, Smollett's team still insisted that it had evidence that the hate crime hoax was real.

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".

Jussie Smollet appears at a hearing for judge assignment with his attorney Tina Glandian, left, at Leighton Criminal Court Building, on March 14, 2019 in in Chicago.

Smollett also said Chicago could not recover investigative costs because it already accepted his US$10,000 "payment in full" in connection with the dismissal of the criminal case.

In the lawsuit, Smollett, 37, cites the fact that the Chicago Police Department allegedly held on to the famous Nigerian-Ameican brothers, Osundairo, until they allegedly broke.

The city of Chicago is seeking $130,000 from Smollett to recoup the cost of the police investigation.

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Police said 213 people were charged in court on Wednesday with rioting for one of the diversionary actions earlier this week. It bans the export of items such as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns.

Both of the Osundairo brothers are black.

It turns out that phone call was actually about 18 hours after the attack and Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi admitted that Johnson had "misspoken", the lawyer argue.

That search history from the time period in question, which CPD obtained, demonstrates that not only were the Osundairo Brothers interested in steroids and steroid alternatives to aid in losing weight and increasing muscle mass, but they were also specifically interested in what substances were banned in the United States two days before their trip to Nigeria.

On the night Smollett claimed he was attacked, he claimed the responding officers "became visibly uncomfortable" when they were told one of the attackers yelled "This is MAGA country!" before running away from the scene of the attack.

Also, the suit claims Smollett's passport was confiscated after his arrest and is yet to be returned almost nine months after his arrest.

The Empie actor lost his job and acting roles and quickly dipped from the limelight as he battled a lawsuit from the city of Chicago who sued him as they believed they wasted the city's money and efforts on searching for a culprit.

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