Jussie Smollett is living his best life … for now.
Cameras snapped the embattled actor smiling and laughing on the beach in Hawaii just a few weeks after all charges were dropped against him for allegedly staging his own hate crime attack.
From the looks of things the “Empire” star is on vacay with his family. Photogs caught him laughing it up and catching some rays in paradise. And he was even snapped boogie boarding!
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It would appear not at all like a guy who’s staring down an impending legal battle with the City of Chicago that could cost him dearly.
If you remember, the City of Chicago says it’s about to slap him with a civil lawsuit to recover the $130k cost of investigating the alleged homophobic and racist attack.
TMZ caught up Jussie in Woodland Hills where he was mum about the suit. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, insists Chicago is maliciously defaming his client, hinting the actor might file a lawsuit of his own.
As we’ve told you … Jussie’s in quite a pickle because he’s been so strong proclaiming his innocence, that if he settles with the City for ANY amount it would be off script. If he goes to trial, Jussie risks a judge proclaiming he faked the alleged attack, which could prove devastating to his career.