Decide dismisses Jussie Smollett’s lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution

A U.S. federal choose dismissed a lawsuit introduced by former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett who accused town of Chicago of malicious prosecution in concluding that his declare to having been the sufferer of a racist and homophobic beating was a hoax.

U.S. District Decide Virginia Kendall mentioned within the ruling, printed on the court docket’s web site, that Smollett “can not deliver a state malicious declare till proceedings in opposition to him have been terminated.”


The choose was referring to renewed felony costs filed in February in opposition to the actor of getting made false experiences to police about being attacked on the road in a hate crime that he’s accused of staging in a bid to advance his profession. Smollett pleaded not responsible.

Smollett, 37, finest identified for his work on the Fox drama “Empire,” filed the lawsuit in November after Chicago sued him to attempt to recoup $130,106 in police time beyond regulation prices to research the beating declare.

He had accused town, police and others of inflicting “substantial financial damages in addition to reputational hurt, humiliation, psychological anguish and excessive emotional misery,” and was looking for compensatory and punitive damages.


The Chicago Police Division’s motive was to deliver Smollett to justice “for a criminal offense it had possible trigger to assume he dedicated,” in keeping with the choose’s Wednesday ruling filed with the district court docket within the Northern District of Illinois.