“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s allegedly bogus hate crime report appears to be headed to court after all, with the city of Chicago filing a lawsuit Thursday against Smollett.
The AP reports that the city sued “in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the ‘Empire’ actor as a publicity stunt.”
“The 12-page civil lawsuit , filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal battle that shows no signs of abating since Smollett reported that masked men beat him up on Jan. 29 in Chicago, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck,” the AP reports. “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.”
The city reportedly demanded that Smollett pay $130,106 to cover the cost of police overtime to investigate the case — a demand that Smollett refused.
“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,” the report notes.