Jussie Smollett is thinking about hitting back at Chicago, according to new legal documents.
As you know, the 37-year-old actor was accused of staging a hoax hate crime and the city wants about a half a million for various costs associated with the crime. However, the former Empire actor said that he's thinking about filing a lawsuit against the city "for their conduct underlying the arrest and their conduct thereafter." The earliest the city’s lawsuit could be ready for trial would be June 2020.
Back in June, it was reported that a special prosecutor has been appointed Smollett's case to review the way prosecutors handled it and its dismissal. "If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest of justice the special prosecutor may take such action," a judge said on Friday. Word of the new order is surprising since the Office of State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against Smollett after the grand jury indicted the actor on 16 felony counts for lying to authorities. Foxx has responded to the new order in a statement, saying, "I respectfully disagree with the court's conclusion that, in the absence of any conflict, the appointment of a special prosecutor is required. As always, I remain committed to transparency, justice, and the public safety of the communities we serve."