Exiled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett feels he has been maligned and vilified nationwide because of a vengeful police force and political structure in Chicago that’s hellbent on destroying him.
Smollett believes incessant media leaks and false statements from Chicago officials have cost him his money, his image, his career and quite possibly his freedom. They have already appointed another prosecutor to review the alleged hoax attack case that was dropped with the possibility that new charges could be filed.
For these reasons and more, Smollett’s attorneys have filed a motion to have the city of Chicago’s $130K lawsuit to be moved to a federal court. Right now, the case is set to be heard in a Cook County court in Chicago.
According to a court motion that was seen by The Blast, Smollett prefers to have a federal judge to handle the city’s lawsuit against Smollett. As rolling out previously reported, city hall and the CPD claim that Smollett’s lies resulted in $130K in costs to pursue the investigation.
Smollett’s attorneys also mentioned in the motion is that Smollett is a Los Angeles resident. He only rented the condo in Chicago while shooting episodes of the hit Fox show “Empire” and therefore that justifies the move to the federal level.