Jussie Smollett says that the $ 10,000 he was ordered to pay after the close of the criminal proceedings was to prevent the City of Chicago from seeking the refund of the police investigation following his complaint, filed in January 2019, according to which he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

The lawyers of the former actor “Empire” filed Tuesday a response to the Chicago trial in federal court. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, claiming that Smollett had been the victim of a malicious prosecution that resulted in humiliation and extreme distress.

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In January, Smollett told the police that he was assaulted by two masked men as he was returning home at about 2 am in a Chicago Subway sandwich shop. The openly gay actor claimed that the masked men had beaten him, taunted him with homophobic and racial insults, and yelled, “This is MAGA country.”

In February, police determined that Smollett’s masked assailants were brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who had formed Smollett and worked with him on “Empire”. The authorities also identified the brothers as the ones in the surveillance video buying the rope that was allegedly hanging on Jussie’s neck during the alleged attack.

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After a thorough investigation, the police determined that Smollett had directed the entire episode, with the help of two brothers he had paid to take part in the hoax, in a painstaking effort to advertise for his mediocre career. Prosecutors dropped the case in March but Smollett maintains his innocence but agreed to let the authorities keep a $ 10,000 bail.

He was accused of filing a false police report, but it was withdrawn by Cook County lawyer Kim Foxx a few weeks later.