Actor Jussie Smollett filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit against the city of Chicago, saying he suffered “extreme emotional distress,” as a result of an investigation into claims he was assaulted by Trump supporters earlier this year.
Smollett’s lawsuit is a response to Chicago’s lawsuit against him, which seeks to recoup the $130,106 it spent on the investigation into his false claim that he was the victim of an attack fueled by racism and homophobia.
Additionally, he claims that the investigation caused him “humiliation, mental anguish, and extreme emotional distress.”
His lawyers claim that the Chicago Police Department “disseminated false and misleading information about the investigation and the evidence to the media, painting a false picture of the incident and causing public disbelief.”
His suit also mentions two Nigerian individuals Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo and alleges they gave law enforcement “false, self-serving, and unreliable statements in order to close the investigation into the attack on Mr. Smollett.”
In January, Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two supporters of President Donald Trump. He said the assailants tied a rope around his neck and shouted racial and homophobic slurs and said, “This is MAGA country,” a reference to Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.
Smollett alleged that the Osundairo brothers were the individuals behind the attack.
He was arrested for fabricating a hate-crime and was later charged with 16 felony counts of lying to the police — though the charges were dropped. The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollet to recover the costs of the police department’s investigation.
Smollett’s lawyers claimed that he was vindicated after the charges against him were dropped.