Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Chicago's Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett - MTO News

A federal judge is refusing to throw out the City of Chicago's lawsuit against Jussie Smollet, despite his defense team's attempt to have the suit dismissed.

Chicago is seeking to recover more than $130,000 from Smollet to cover police overtime during the investigation of his report of an alleged hate crime back in January.

Smollett has been refusing to pay the city, and his attorneys have said he "will not be intimidated into paying."

William J. Quinlan, an attorney representing Smollett, gave the following statement to CNN:

"Mr. Smollett has always maintained his innocence and is eager to have the complete facts of the case come out. He looks forward to taking depositions and otherwise bringing to light many of the facts that have been overlooked in the court of public opinion to date. Mr. Smollett is confident that once the full story is available, he will be vindicated," Quinlan said.