Jussie Smollett’s New Lawsuit Against Chicago & Its Cops Destined For Defeat, City Says

If Smollett had been convicted on all 16 counts, he could have faced nearly 50 years in state prison. In the spring, criminal charges were laid against Smollett, who has always maintained his innocence. However, the case was suddenly dropped and sealed in late March upon request from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office with a $10,000 payment and some community service credit – which really pissed off then Mayor Emanuel and top cop Johnson and led to the city's initial suit.
Initially treated as a potential hate crime by Chicago cops and garnering sympathy from Donald Trump, the Empire cast and creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and many more, the tide turned against Smollett as “persons of interest” the Osundairo brothers claimed that it was the actor who was the mastermind of the January attack.
Smollett, the CPD’s prosecution of Mr. Smollett to be the subject of mass public ridicule and harm to him personally," states a response and counterclaim suit filed last night by the actor's attorneys against the once Rahm Emanuel-ruled metropolis' attempt to have Smollett pay up hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Chicago Police's time and effort investigating the January 29 alleged assault. Smollett based on the Osundairo Brothers’ false statements about the attack has caused Mr. "Despite the dismissal of all charges against Mr.
Having come up short last month at getting the city's case tossed out, Smollett is now seeking that Chicago should be "denied its requested relief" and he should be awarded unspecified compensatory and punitive damages." The city of Chicago and the CPD did not respond to requests from Deadline over the latest move in what has become an increasingly convoluted case all round.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:11 AM: Almost a year after Jussie Smollett claimed he was violently attacked on the cold streets of Chicago, the former Empire star has hit back at the Windy City and its police department.
"The judge in this case has already ruled in our favor once and we fully expect to be successful in defeating these counterclaims," the Chicago official added of the wide spread damages and jury trial paperwork that attorneys for Smollett put in the federal docket last night "The City stands by its original complaint and will continue to pursue this litigation," Chicago Department of Law spokesperson Bill McCaffrey told Deadline of the countersuit filed by the now fired Empire star over the city's lawsuit looking for compensation for the costs into investigation Smollett's now seemingly phony assault claims of earlier this year.
UPDATE, 1:23 PM: There's the Chicago way and there's the Chicago way and the Windy City isn't the least blown over by the newly offense legal strategy by Jussie Smollett.
The law actually allows Chicago to seek a re-payment of three times the estimated costs – about $390,318. However, in their latest filing, the city’s lawyers stated they want a “double recovery,” or just more than $260,000 – money Smollett may not have. Facing a court ordered special prosecutor in the criminal case and a constant dribble of documents from the police probe, Smollett was slammed by the city in April over the $130,000 cost of the case.
Amid the controversy surrounding the attack and the aftermath, Smollett was booted out from shooting the final episodes of Season 5 of Empire earlier this year. Henson and other leading cast members.” /> The return of the Fox hip hop drama for its sixth and final season this fall saw Smollett written out of the show, despite pleas for his re-instatement by Terrence Howard, Taraji P.
The city of Chicago, the top cop at the Chicago Police Department, some detectives and more are named as defendants in Smollett's new case.
"Aside from the substantial reputational harm the Osundairo Brothers’ false statements have caused him, Mr. Smollett must also defend against the instant case by the City for investigative costs in a case in which he was the victim of a crime," the 48-page malicious prosecution filing adds, with the now Lori Lightfoot-run Chicago, CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson, some detectives and brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, who have testified that Smollett orchestrated their attack of him earlier this year. "Mr. Smollett has also suffered and continues to suffer substantial economic losses, including but not limited to lost employment opportunities and mounting legal fees, as well as severe mental anguish and distress," the jury trial demanding document asserts (read it here).

Jussie Smollett Celebrates Birthday Even As Potential For New Charges Loom

What, me worry? Despite a judge's indication that a special counsel may be needed to examine the dropping of criminal charges against him, Jussie Smollett apparently had a happy birthday.
Smollett had 16 charges in his hate hoax case dismissed by Chicago prosecutors. The 37-year-old actor is “still smiling,” he claimed in an Instagram post Friday that drew nearly 100,000 likes. Now, another judge has questioned that decision and indicated new charges could be filed.
“Grateful for LOVE. Grateful for y’all. #SummerSolstice #StillSmiling,” said the Instagram message. Grateful for another year around the sun.
Judge Michael Toomin said Friday that the Smollett case was filled with legal blunder and called on an independent counsel to “restore the public’s confidence in our criminal justice system.”
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Smollett had claimed he was attacked by two men in the early morning on a frigid Chicago street. Smollett subsequently lost his job on the TV show Empire, and the showrunners said he will not return. Investigators determined that the attack was staged.

Lee Daniels Offers Some Details About ‘Superbitch’, His Gay Superhero Film

He does backflips and he has a cape and he does karate and, oh my God, he's going to be a hero!" I found him on Instagram of all places. After moderator Van Jones of CNN asked in the waning seconds of the conversation if the "rumor" about the project are true, Daniels exclaimed, "It's true!" He elaborated, "It's called Superbitch.
While "I'm not putting that much money behind it," Daniels noted, "a couple million dollars for a gay superhero movie is pretty f–king exciting!"
Jones replied, "With a name like Superbitch, you ain't gotta promote it."
He said he will produce and put several million dollars into the modest-budgeted film, but will not direct, scouting instead for an up-and-comer to step behind the camera. He announced it in January in an Instagram post that featured the film's progenitor, a performer who posts videos on the social network. That memorably titled project is also known as the Daniels-shepherded gay superhero movie.
At the end of a 12-minute conversation at the Time 100 Summit that glided past the most conspicuous issue in his career — the fate of Empire in the wake of the Jussie Smollett case — Lee Daniels offered a few new details about Superbitch.
As he sought to get his career on track, he looked for financing sources wherever he could find them. "You do what you do."” /> "Some of it was drug money," he shrugged. After Jones offered a laudatory introduction, he and Daniels spent the bulk of the session recalling the oft-told tales of how Daniels has bucked convention at every turn. "I was disruptive at birth," Daniels said.

Rahm Emanuel Says Jussie Smollett And Donald Trump Are Part Of “Same Vicious, Toxic Cycle”

Smollett's legal team today showed no sign that the actor was backing off either, releasing a statement that said, "It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough."” />
Telling the president to "stay out of this," Emanuel said Trump and Smollett were part of the same "vicious, toxic cycle and I want to break it."
"Given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse," Emanuel told a gaggle of reporters in Chicago, "my recommendation is that when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the words, 'I'm accountable for the hoax.'"
Emanuel announced his intentions today to have the city's Law Department determine the cost of the police investigation into what Smollett said was a hate crime but the mayor believes was a hoax. Emanuel wants to bill the actor accordingly.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't let up on either Jussie Smollett or Donald Trump today, suggesting in one long-winded talk to reporters that the Empire actor should write a check to Chicago with "I'm accountable" written on the memo line and that the President should "go to opening day of baseball, sit on the sidelines and stay out of this."
Asked by a reporter whether he agrees with President Donald Trump's tweeted suggestion that the FBI and the Department of Justice "review" the Smollett case, Emanuel clearly didn't want Trump on his team, opening day or not. Calling Chicago a "Trump-Free Zone," Emanuel said that the president created the very environment – "toxic" and "hate-filled" – that allowed Smollett to think he could get away with staging a hate crime.

‘Empire’ Co-Creator Lee Daniels Calls Jussie Smollett Attack “Just Another F*cking Day In America”

Here is Daniels' statement, in full:
Read Empire EP Danny Strong's response to Smollett's attack here, Fox's response here and the outpouring of Hollywood reactions here.
In a powerful and moving Instagram video, Empire co-creator Lee Daniels expressed his love for Jussie Smollett and his ire at the men – and the hate – that put the Empire actor in the hospital.
 
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by two men yelling racist and anti-gay epithets. Earlier today, Chicago police confirmed that Smollett, who is black and openly gay, was allegedly attacked outside a restaurant around 2 a.m. The men, according to the police report, also poured an unknown chemical substance over the Empire actor and wrapped a rope around his neck before fleeing the scene.
Daniels recorded his message as he was headed to visit Smollett. Smollett drove himself to a nearby hospital, where he remained today.
You didn't deserve, nor anyone deserves, to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you, to be called die f*ggot n*gger or whatever they said to you. We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are. America is better than that. "It's taken me a minute to come to social media about this because, Jussie, you are my son. I’m with you. I’ll be there in a minute, because it’s just another f*cking day in America." Because it shows we are united on a united front, and no racist f*ck can come in and do the things that they did to you. It starts at home. You are better than that. Hold your head up Jussie. We are better than that.
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Watch the video below. "It’s just another f*cking day in America," Daniels says at the end of his raw and forceful message.

Empire Cast – Born to Win

feat. Jussie Smollett

Will it heat when ignite my fire
To the freeze when my heart turns cold
These chains can’t hold me back no longer
Right now I’m here to free my soul
When I’m up, I see the world my higher
When I’m down, I don’t feel so low
I dust them off my shoulder
Stay up ’cause that’s all I know

Sacrifice, determination, ready for the world to see

Hey hey, nothing can stop us now
Hey, I’m focused, going my way
Through my ways, struggling pain
I’m born to win!
Hey hey, nothing can stop us now
Hey, I’m focused, going my way
Through my ways, struggling pain
I’m born to win!

What don’t kill you, makes you stronger
What don’t break you, makes you harder
Let them get before against the ropes
Can’t lose ’cause I’m on fire
What don’t kill you, makes you stronger
What don’t break you, makes you harder
Let them get before against the ropes
Can’t lose ’cause I’m on fire

Can’t stopping us once we get started
No fall could take me out of my game
I see no competition, it’s clear we ain’t the same
Temptation causes interruptions, I’m trying just to clear my mind
I feel the payoff it’s coming
I’m certain that is my time

Sacrifice, determination, ready for the world to see

Hey hey, nothing can stop us now
Hey, I’m focused, going my way
Through my ways, struggling pain
I’m born to win!
Hey hey, nothing can stop us now
Hey, I’m focused, going my way
Through my ways, struggling pain
I’m born to win!

What don’t kill you, makes you stronger
What don’t break you, makes you harder
Let them get before against the ropes
Can’t lose ’cause I’m on fire
What don’t kill you, makes you stronger
What don’t break you, makes you harder
Let them get before against the ropes
Can’t lose ’cause I’m on fire

Don’t give up now,
Keep holding on
Let’s show the world
I’m ready (I’m so ready)
Don’t give up now,
Keep holding on
Let’s show the world
Get ready!

Hey hey, nothing can stop us now
Hey, I’m focused, going my way
Through my ways, struggling pain
I’m born to win!
Hey hey, nothing can stop us now
Hey, I’m focused, going my way
Through my ways, struggling pain
I’m born to win!

What don’t kill you, makes you stronger
What don’t break you, makes you harder
Let them get before against the ropes
Can’t lose ’cause I’m on fire
What don’t kill you, makes you stronger
What don’t break you, makes you harder
Let them get before against the ropes
Can’t lose ’cause I’m on fire

Empire Cast – Over Everything

feat. Jussie Smollett, Yazz

Like the water to the fire
We gon’ find a way to make it alright
No looking in the rearview
We’ll throw away the flaws, our future’s bright
Together we stay, together we fall
Burning up the bridge, yeah, we’re tearing up the walls
So we have been through the worse
Love conquers all even if the truth hurts!

If we don’t stand for something, then we’d fall for anything
But it’s so much things, get caught up
Like a prince is proud to see his king,
I’m proud to see it’s us over everything
No matter what you know, I’m here forever
No matter what you think, I’m here for it
Been through the storm, and we’re still together
We’re back together now and
Ooh, it’s you and me over everything
Ooh, it’s you and me over everything