Chicago to Sue Jussie Smollett After He Refuses to Pay Investigation Costs

Chicago to Sue Jussie Smollett After He Refuses to Pay Investigation Costs

Chicago to Sue Jussie Smollett After He Refuses to Pay Investigation Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the actor's $10,000 bond "doesn't even come close to what the city spent in resources" investigating Smollett's alleged hoax.

Thursday was the deadline for actor Jussie Smollett to pay the $130,106.15 bill sent to him by the city of Chicago, to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim he was the victim of a possible hate crime.

The City of Chicago is well within their rights to ask for three times the actual cost of the investigation which amounts to $390K.

The city's law department also says in a statement Thursday that it would be drafting a lawsuit in response and would sue the "Empire" actor in Cook County Civil Court.

Per the statement, the department aims to file in the near future, and will "pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance".

On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago.

Steven Stelter, of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association, told reporters it wasn't only about her handling of Smollett's case.

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Smollett, who is black and gay, touched off a social media fire storm by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.

"It appears your strategy to address non-violent crime in Cook County is to decriminalize or ignore it, regardless of any collateral cost which is born overwhelmingly by individual communities and their police forces", Mellema concludes. Appearing Wednesday on MSNBC, Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, said the Empire actor must be held accountable for any wrongdoing. He said residents needed to know Foxx "is letting them down".

The March 28 letter said he must pay within seven days.

To the city's advantage, the threshold for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson felt differently, slamming the prosecution's decision to drop the charges against Smollett and expressing that they stood behind the Chicago detectives' investigation that led to Smollett getting indicted on 16 felony counts earlier this month for allegedly making false statements to two different Chicago Police officers.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who will be sworn in as Chicago's mayor on May 20, could reverse any legal action Emanuel's law office takes against Smollett in coming weeks.

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