After Jussie Smollett’s guilty plea, the city of Chicago is now suing the disgraced actor for $130,106 for wasting the Chicago Police Department’s time and resources in investigating the hoax incident.
A report from July 2019 found out that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) assigned more than two dozen cops, for weeks on end to investigate Smollett’s claims that logged over 1,836 overtime hours.
“The City filed a civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett to recover costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department investigating what the City believed to be Smollett’s false police reports that he was a victim of a hate crime,” a statement from the city said.
“While using a different standard of proof, the jury’s finding of guilt convicting Jussie Smollett of criminal charges stemming from the incident confirms that the City was correct in bringing its civil lawsuit,” the statement continued.
The two brothers, Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo who was hired by the disgraced actor have also filed defamation lawsuits against Smollett and his lawyers claiming the case damaged their careers and reputations.
The brother’s defamation lawsuit also notes the fact that Smollett’s lawyers suggested that Abel had a sexual relationship with the actor. Pointing that homosexuality is illegal in their home country, Nigeria.
“Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, which can result in 14 years of imprisonment. If the accused is married, the punishment is death by stoning,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Glandian’s (Smollett’s lawyer) globally broadcasted statements that Bola Osundairo is homosexual endangers him and the lives of his Nigerian family.”
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