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Actor Jussie Smollett Loses His Latest Court Battle

A U.S. district judge said the case could continue on to the discovery phase — it will not be dismissed

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Jussie Smollett can’t catch a break, it seems — and that’s a good thing.

His latest loss comes in the form of a court ruling about the city of Chicago’s lawsuit against the former “Empire” actor.

The city is suing him for $130,000 in fees it incurred — thanks to his highly publicized “MAGA hoax.”

The unemployed actor likely can’t afford a hefty bill like that, as I see it — so he was requesting the case be tossed. However, things did not go his way.

A Chicago judge recently denied the request from Smollett’s lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit by the city of Chicago in an attempt to recoup costs from his racial attack hoax.

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Much to Smollett’s dismay, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall said the case could continue on to the discovery phase.

Smollett is still claiming that “evidence” will exonerate him.

Meanwhile, a special prosecutor has been assigned to the case — and is reinvestigating the whole thing, after Smollett was given a “free pass” by Obama-linked prosecutor Kim Foxx.

So he could actually still face charges for what he did.

You can watch the video on the special prosecutor below:

“The city is suing for $130,000, the amount they say it took to investigate the false claims Smollett made of a racist attack that he tried to blame on men wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats,” as The Blaze noted of this case.

“He said that they made homophobic and racial comments during the attack, but police accused him of a race hoax when they discovered the men were friends of Smollett.”

“Smollet’s attorneys argued that he could not have known what the police investigation would cost, but Judge Kendall denied the argument.”

“William J. Quinlan, one of Smollet’s attorneys, said that he was eager to expose new facts that would exonerate his client,” The Blaze also reported.

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“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,” Quinlan said, the outlet noted. “Mr. Smollett is confident that once the full story is available he will be vindicated.”

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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