Jussie Smollett‘s lawyer says the actor will not be intimidated by the City of Chicago’s latest move — to recover $130k in investigative costs — hinting he might sue the City for defamation.
Jussie’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, fired off an angry letter to the city, saying Jussie “will not be intimated,” calling the claim his client faked the “attack” “false and defamatory.”
As we reported, the City is preparing a civil lawsuit to recover the $130k it spent in investigating Jussie’s claim that he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. The lawsuit is significant, because it effectively puts Jussie on trial and the standard of proof is much lower than a criminal case.
Geragos says the attack was real, and points to the Osundairo brothers as the culprits.
And, Geragos is quick to point out, the State’s Attorney dropped all 16 felony charges against his client.
He then threatens that he will grill Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson like cheeseburgers in depositions if the City goes through with the lawsuit. Both men were extremely critical of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for dropping the charges, saying Jussie did indeed fake the attack.
Geragos also says the City NEVER goes after individuals under these circumstances, threatening to mount a constitutional attack if the case goes forward.