Jussie Smollett is going to be sued by the city of Chicago after refusing to pay more than $130,000 to cover the costs of the investigation into his allegedly staged racist, anti-gay attack.
According to a report, Chicago officials will file a civil lawsuit against Smollett after the deadline passed for him to pay the charges associated with the controversial investigation.
A spokesman for the city said: “Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019.
“The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
“Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s L.A. based legal team.”
According to the same spokesperson, the suit will be filed in the “near future” and will seek the full measure of damages allowed.
Representatives for Smollett have not yet commented on the issue or whether Smollett intends to pay the investigative fees.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s law chief sent the Empire actor a letter last week demanding he cover the probe costs after the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against him were dropped.
The letter, which is dated March 28, demanded the 36-year-old actor pay the $130,106.15 bill within seven days.
“Given that he doesn’t feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is that when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the words, ‘I’m accountable for the hoax,’” Emmanuel said last week during a press conference.
“Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating your false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours,” the letter sent by Chicago’s Department of Law states.
“Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.
‘If the amount is not timely paid, the Department of Law may prosecute you for making a false statement to the City,” the letter continued.
Smollett has denied faking the attack and last week the charges against him were dropped by First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats. The charges were dropped on March 26 in exchange for community service and the forfeiture of his $10,000 bond.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot could reverse any legal action after she’s sworn in on May 20.
Credit: Daily Mail