Empire actor Jussie Smollett is suing the city of Chicago following their actions against him earlier this year. Late last year, the actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack, something he’s always denied.
Eventually, all charges against him were dropped in March. At the time, Smollett’s lawyer said his record “had been wiped clean” saying he was “a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator.”
However, the City of Chicago later confirmed plans to sue Smollett to recover the $130,000 costs of investigating the incident.
Police and the city’s mayor stood by their case and accused the courts of letting the actor off “Scott free” after it emerged Smollett paid $10,000 in bail and carried out community service.
Now, papers filed by Smollett’s lawyers claim the City of Chicago caused the actor “humiliation and extreme distress” following the incident and deemed Chicago city’s actions against him as “malicious.”
The accusations go on to claim the police and others caused “substantial economic damages as well as reputational harm, humiliation, mental anguish, and extreme emotional distress.”
A spokesperson for the City of Chicago’s law department told Reuters news that the city “stands by its original complaint” and that “we fully expect to be successful in defeating these counterclaims.”