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Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss City of Chicago Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett

Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss City of Chicago Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett

The lawsuit against Jussie Smollett by the City of Chicago will not be dropped, according to a federal judge on Tuesday (October 22).

Judge Virginia M. Kendall rejected Jussie‘s contention that he should not be made to pay $130,000 in police overtime costs, plus $260,000 in damages, because “he could not have foreseen how seriously the police would take his hate crime report,” according to Variety.

The judge also blamed Jussie‘s legal team for their “attempts to muddy the waters with irrelevant arguments.”

Jussie claimed to police back in January that he was assaulted by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs. After an extensive investigation, the city concluded that he staged the attack. He was arrested and indicted on 16 counts of filing a false police report, but the charges were later dismissed. He maintains that he is innocent to this day.

The City of Chicago sued Jussie for the fees required for the investigation, which his legal team contested as attempting to improperly re-litigate the case.

“The natural, ordinary and reasonable consequence of a police report like this one — a racist, homophobic physical assault in which masked attackers invoked the President of the United States’ official campaign slogan — is an intensive, sprawling investigation like the one that took place. Smollett contends that police overtime pay is not ‘foreseeable in the normal course of events,’ but this is hardly the normal course of events — most crime victims, for instance, do not have the opportunity to discuss the crime on Good Morning America. The allegations were taken seriously by the Chicago Police Department in significant part due to the high profile of the claimant and the extreme nature of the accusations,” the judge wrote.

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