Jussie Smollett: Chicago Prosecution was Malicious

Police say there’s a mountain of evidence that shows actor staged race hoax…

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(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.

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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.