Jussie Smollett sues city of Chicago for malicious prosecution
Judge upholds decision to appoint special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case
A Chicago judge denied requests from Jussie Smollett’s legal team to block the appointment of a special prosecutor; Matt Finn reports.
Jussie Smollett says his $10,000 payment after the close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Attorneys for the former 'Empire' actor filed a response Tuesday to Chicago’s lawsuit in federal court. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused humiliation and extreme distress.
Smollett told police he was beaten in January by two men who looped a noose around his neck. Chicago police said it was staged, and Smollett was charged with making a false report.
But prosecutors in March dropped the case. Smollett maintains his innocence but agreed to let authorities keep a $10,000 bail.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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