It’s been 5 months since Jussie Smollett sued the city of Chicago for malicious prosecution over his January 2019 racist and homophobic assault he allegedly experienced. He said that the 6 figures the city sued him for to recoup their investigation cost wasn’t fair and that the $10k he was required to pay after the case was closed should have been sufficient. He also stated that the city had caused “substantial economic damages as well as reputational harm, humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress,” and was seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Apparently U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall who presided over the case saw things differently because the ruling read that Smollett “cannot bring a state malicious claim until proceedings against him have been terminated.” Now he was just charged with 6 new indictments and the judge stated that if he is found not guilty in his upcoming trial he can refile his case, but as for this one, this is done.
In other Smollett news, last night was the season finale of Empire and Smollett was oddly not in any of the throwback footage, written out of the script, not included in family photos, etc. as though he wasn’t even there ever to begin with. A younger photo of him was in the episode near the beginning but his general omission didn’t go without being noticed by fans. The show’s showrunner Brett Mahoney told Entertainment Tonight to direct questions about his presence or lack thereof to the network. He did say that if it were up to him and he was able to that he would have included him more in the season since he was such an integral member of the cast.
In spite of everything going on, it hasn’t stopped Smollett from trying to do some good for his city during this covid19 outbreak. He donated $5,000 for the Cook County Health Foundation, the hospital’s charity arm to purchase 3,000 masks. He’s also getting his friends to send 1,000 PPE masks to Harlem Hospital in New York. Meanwhile, we’ll be keeping you all updated on the status of his legal woes and if he’s able to pull out of all of this professionally.