Federal judge rules case of Jussie Smollett can proceed

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CHICAGO -

A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett will not be dismissed, and the case can proceed in Chicago.

The suit asks Smollett to reimburse the police department $130,000 spent on investigating his alleged attack.

Smollett alleges he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime attack back in January.

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The actor was charged will filing a false report, but those charges were dropped.

Smollett maintains his innocence.

A special prosecutor could still charge him with staging the attack.

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