Ex-Empire actor Jussie Smollett is suing the City of Chicago for “malicious prosecution.”
According to court documents obtained by CBS Chicago, the 37-year-old claims he was a victim of “mass public ridicule and harm.”
The claims come as a countersuit to the $130,000 that the city of Chicago are hoping to recover in costs incurred by investigating an alleged false report made by Jussie in January of this year.
The star claimed that he was attacked by two masked men who poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck while shouting racist and homophobic slurs.
However, police officials have alleged the actor paid two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, to stage the attack.
The actor, who played Jamal Lyon on the Fox show, was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct in March of this year.
The charges were later dismissed by prosecutors after the actor agreed to 16 hours of community service, and to surrender his $10,000 bail.
According to the counterclaim, Jussie Smollett’s lawyers are claiming that the brothers lied to police about the attack being a hoax.
“The CPD’s prosecution of Mr. Smollett based on the Osundairo brothers’ false statements about the attack has caused Mr. Smollett to be the subject of mass public ridicule and harm to him personally.”