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Court case against Jussie Smollett continues

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The request by Jussie Smollett (37) to dismiss the lawsuit that the city of Chicago wants to pursue against him has been rejected. A judge in Chicago ruled on Tuesday that the arguments of his legal team were not enough to stop the case.

Chicago claims about $ 130,000 ($ 117,000) from the former Empire star for the costs incurred in investigating an alleged attack on the actor. The city is also asking for compensation of $ 260,000 (234,000 euros).

The actor claimed in January that he had fallen victim to a racist, homophobic attack. When many things in his story turned out to be incorrect, the actor was charged with making a false report. The charges were withdrawn not much later.

In the motion of the actor to stop the trial, his lawyers argued, among other things, that he could never have foreseen that the police would handle the case so big. According to Variety, his legal team also states in the papers that the city is trying to get its case because it was unable to successfully prosecute him.

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