Just a month after an Illinois court denied Jussie Smollett‘s motion to overturn his second set of charges stemming from that alleged 2019 hate attack (click here to read more), the singer-actor has suffered a second loss thanks to U.S. federal judge.
In November 2019 (as we reported here), Smollett sued the City of Chicago for malicious prosecution.
In the claim, the 37-year-old says he was wrongfully pursued – a set of events that caused “humiliation, mental anguish, extreme emotional distress, reputational harm, and substantial economic damages.” This, after the Windy City sued him for $130,000 to recoup the cost of investigation surrounding his mysteriously dropped criminal case.
Now, as he awaits trial for the six new charges related to the reported hoax hate attack (click here to read more), a federal judge has rendered a decision regarding his previously filed countersuit.
“A U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett who accused the city of Chicago of malicious prosecution in concluding that his claim to having been the victim of a racist and homophobic beating was a hoax.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall said in the ruling, published on the court’s website, that Smollett ‘cannot bring a state malicious claim until proceedings against him have been terminated.'”