Chicago files lawsuit against Jussie Smollett

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The City of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett, seeking three times the damages it said it ran up while investigating the actor.

Prosecutors accuse Smollett of staging a homophobic and racist attack to boost his career, but the 36-year-old has always maintained his innocence.

Charges against him were dropped after Smollett forfeited a $10,000 bond payment and did community service.

According to the BBC, the exact amount prosecutors are seeking in the lawsuit has not been revealed.