Chicago - The City of Chicago filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Jussie Smollett, saying the actor owes it over $130 000 (about R1,8 million) for police costs incurred in the investigation of a hate crime that authorities allege was phony, according to legal documents.
The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court over two weeks after prosecutors in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office dismissed all criminal charges against the "Empire" actor.
Chicago officials previously said they would sue Smollett after he refused a demand by the city for $130 000 to cover police overtime costs.
The actor's criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Smollett, 36, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs on a Chicago street.