Christopher Worrell is seen at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
CNN  — 

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday pushed back against claims of mistreatment at a Washington, DC, jail where dozens of US Capitol rioters are being held – allegations that led a federal judge to refer the jail for an investigation into potential civil rights violations after holding its officials in contempt of court.

The Justice Department’s disclosures came in the case of defendant Christopher Worrell, whose case has become a cause célèbre in right-wing circles because of his health issues while in jail. During an October 13 hearing, Worrell’s lawyer claimed that because jail officials had dragged their feet getting his client medical treatment for a broken finger, Worrell needed surgery. He is also diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and at one point he contracted Covid-19 while at the jail.

But in a court filing on Wednesday, which cited notes from multiple doctors, federal prosecutors said that Worrell had “invented” his medical needs.

Worrell’s lawyer told CNN following the prosecutors’ accusation that Worrell would be “taking issue with that position.” He still has the ability to respond in court, in his own filing, and the judge overseeing his case, Royce Lamberth, has not responded.

Worrell has pleaded not guilty to January 6-related charges and is jailed as he awaits a trial.