Jussie Smollett: Chicago Files Civil Complaint Against Empire Star Over Investigation Expenses
The city of Chicago has filed a civil complaint against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, seeking damages stemming from the entertainer’s complaint about an alleged attack police say he orchestrated, the city’s law department said Thursday.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, the city’s law department said on Thursday that it filed a civil complaint against Smollett, 36, in the Circuit Court of Cook County “that pursues the full measure of damages allowed under the false statements ordinance.”
The city’s resolve to take Smollett to civil court follows a surprising decision by prosecutors in March to drop all criminal charges accusing him of staging the incident, saying they believed they could prove the charges but that it wasn’t worth the time and expense.
Smollett, 36, was indicted by a grand jury after authorities said he made up a claim in late January that he was attacked by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs at him. Prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett in March.
The lawsuit doesn’t include a specific monetary figure, but suggests the amount the city will seek from Smollett will be higher than the $130,000 sought earlier.
Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he has told the truth from the beginning. Reached by phone Thursday evening, a spokeswoman for Smollett’s legal team said there wasn’t an immediate comment on the lawsuit.