FILE - In this March 26, 2019 file photo, former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. 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 to Chicago's lawsuit Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution. Smollett told police he was beaten by two men. Police said it was staged.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Jussie Smollett: Chicago prosecution was malicious

November 20, 2019 - 11:41 am

CHICAGO (AP) — 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. Smollett maintains his innocence but agreed to let authorities keep a $10,000 bail.

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