Police say there’s a mountain of evidence that shows actor staged race hoax…
(Associated Press) Former “Empire” actor 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.
Smollett’s attorneys 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 that 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.
Although Smollett has maintained his innocence, the police department is adamant that there is a mountain of evidence that shows Smollett staged the attack with two brothers he knew.
Smollett agreed to let authorities keep a $10,000 bail despite his claims.