Jussie Smollett has responded to his ongoing lawsuit with the City of Chicago and filed a counterclaim claiming he was the victim of malicious prosecution that caused "humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress."
The counterclaim includes Chicago Police Detectives Michael Theis and Edward Wodnicki, Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the infamous Osundairo brothers. The counterclaim by Smollett's legal team comes days after a district judge allowed Chicago's lawsuit against the former "Empire" star to continue onward.
According to the documents, obtained by The Blast, Smollett's legal team argues that police only brought charges down on Smollett based on the Osundairo brothers "false, self-serving, and unreliable statements in order to close the investigation into the attack on Mr. Smollett."
The documents claim that legal proceedings were halted in "Mr. Smollett’s favor and in a manner which indicates his innocence because all 16 counts of the criminal indictment were dismissed two and a half weeks after the indictment was filed."
As far as Chicago trying to recover the $130,000 they claim to have spent on resources while investigating the "hoax" attack on Smollett, the star's attorneys claim the court already accepted $10,000 from him “as payment in full in connection with the dismissal of the charges."