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Smollett files malicious prosecution countersuit
by Matt Simonette
2019-11-20

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Actor Jussie Smollett, who last winter alleged that he'd been the victim of a vicious anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago, filed a federal lawsuit on Nov. 19 against, among others, the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, according to multiple reports.

The suit, filed in the United States Northern District of Illinois' Eastern Division, maintains that the brothers' allegations that Smollett had engaged them to simulate the January attacks, as well as authorities' investigation of the attack and subsequent lawsuit to compensate for investigation, resulted in irreparable harm to Smollett's career and reputation.

The episode indeed had grave consequences for Smollett, who was written out of his co-starring role on the television drama Empire; a court refused to throw out the city's lawsuit against him. He faces damages of about $260,000. The case also created further chaos in the relationship between City and CPD officials and Cook County prosecutors when they declined to prosecute Smollett.

The openly gay actor, who is asking for a jury trial, denies any wrongdoing in the suit and is asking that the City's suit be dropped and that he instead be awarded unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, according to court documents.


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