Jussie Smollett argues that he shouldn’t be responsible for nor have prior knowledge of the time that would be invested in an investigation based on his accusations.
Smollett maintains his claims of innocence despite evidence the was discovered in the investigation.
The Chicago Sun reports on the statements made by the lawyers of Smollett:
“My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion. He noted that “it’s going to be very difficult for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.
U.S. District Judge, Virgina Kendall, is hearing the case. Kendall will rule on whether the city will be granted permission to move forward with the lawsuit against Smollett in attempt to recovery the costs of investigating the allegedly staged crime.
Speaking on behalf of the legal team for Smollett, William J. Quinlan, of the Quinlan Law Firm expressed that the lawsuit itself was only filed due to bitter feelings of the former mayor.
“This lawsuit was only filed by the former mayor … out of frustration for the state’s attorney dismissing the charges,” said Quinlan.