Jussie Smollett’s attorney is threatening the city of Chicago who is poised to bring a lawsuit against his client for charges accumulated during the police investigation into a fake hate crime allegation.
Smollett’s is Mark Geragos, yes the same “Mark Geragos’ who is connected to Michael Avenatti: Fame, celebrities and now alleged extortion. Geragos has been identified as Michael Avenatti’s unnamed co-conspirator in the alleged Nike extortion scheme. This is getting better by the minute.
Geragos and his team can talk as tough as they want, if the city files a civil suit it will be over. Smollett’s attorneys know they don’t want him answering discovery and interrogatories, much less a deposition, he will get roasted. A civil action is way more lenient on the rules than criminal, see OJ Simpson.
Jussie Smollett’s legal team has promised swift action should the city of Chicago follow through with its threat to sue the “Empire” actor to reimburse the city for the cost of investigating his controversial case.
In a letter from Smollett’s lawyers obtained by Fox News on Friday, Mark Geragos said Smollett “will not be intimidated into paying” the $130,000.
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Geragos said if the city follows through with its threat Thursday to sue Smollett, he’ll demand sworn depositions from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the two brothers who told police Smollett paid them to “attack” him. [Fox News]
One thing Smollett’s team needs to remember, Chicago has much deeper pockets for legal costs than Smollett. There is also significant evidence that he lied and the threshold for civil cases is the preponderance of the evidence, a much lower threshold than beyond a reasonable doubt threshold. He will eventually lose and his liability will be increased from current damages to include court and City of Chicago legal costs.
This whole situation blows my mind at how ignorance continues to blossom in our society. Who cares if your blue or purple, it’s come down to narcissism, the blame game and enabling this nut case and others to continue doing what he, she or it likes, and it’s not my fault, I’m entitled society.040519-wls-smollett-response
There appears to be clear evidence that the Osundairo brothers were involved so either the Smollett is lying about his involvement or the brothers are guilty of committing a hate crime.
If Foxx is dropping charges against Smollett then she should be pursuing hate crime charges against the brothers. Smollett would then need to testify as a witness, with no 5th amendment immunity.
Let Smollett testify under oath that they attacked and show his true character to see if he is willing to let the two brothers go to prison for this ‘hate’ crime.