Jussie Smollett Files Malicious Prosecution Counterclaim Against City of Chicago

Jussie Smollett has filed a counterclaim against the city of Chicago, several Chicago Police Department officers, and brothers Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo claiming that he was the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused him “humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress.”

The filing document, obtained by Variety, alleges that the Chicago P.D. “obtained false and unreliable statements from the Osundairo Brothers” and used “those statements as the basis for the complaint against Mr. Smollett.” The document goes on to say that investigators “ignoring evidence that contradicted those statements played a significant role in the commencement of proceedings against Mr. Smollett.”

The counterclaim demands that the city be barred from seeking further reimbursement for the police investigation of Smollett’s claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack, beyond the $10,000 the actor already paid. The reasoning given is the city’s “inequitable conduct in filing criminal charges against Mr. Smollett without probable cause and maliciously prosecuting him in bad faith.”

Smollett claimed that he was the victim of an assault in January which he said was racially and politically motivated, as well as homophobic. Later he was accused of hiring the Osundairo brothers who attacked him and indicted for filing false statements. The criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence, but the city of Chicago has filed a $130,000 lawsuit against Smollett in order to recoup the cost of the police investigation.

The records in Smollett’s case were originally sealed, but a judge ordered in May that thousands of pages of documents on the case be released. Among the documents released were police statements from the Osundario brothers, who claimed that Smollett paid them to stage the attack, as well as text messages from the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.