The lawsuit does not name how much the city is seeking from Smollett.
He has also says the Department of Justice will investigate.
This actually is a case for the FBI.
“I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this,” he said.
“His record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” said his lawyer.
The director says the alleged hate crime has brought “pain and anger and sadness and frustration.”
Smollett's team moved to allow cameras in criminal case proceedings.