Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett for cost of alleged ‘false police report’

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett for cost of alleged ‘false police report’

The city of Chicago has said they plan to sue Empire actor Jussie Smollett for the cost of investigating what they have insisted was a staged hate crime.

In a statement released yesterday, the city’s law department said they had written to Smollett and demanded he pay $130,106.15 within seven days to reimburse the city for the cost of the investigation.

They said that Smollett had “refused” to pay and said they would be filing a lawsuit “in the near future” in an attempt to recoup the costs.

“The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County,” the statement said.

Smollett has maintained that he is innocent.

All charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett for the allegedly ‘staged’ hate crime

Smollett had been accused of staging a racist and homophobic hate crime, however, prosecutors dropped all charges against him on 26 March.

The actor—who is openly gay—had been facing 16 felony counts after he reported the alleged hate crime to police in January.

When police tracked down Smollett’s attackers, they claimed that Smollett paid them to stage the alleged hate crime in an effort to boost his career.

He was later indicted by a grand jury in Chicago for allegedly faking the hate crime and for filing a false police report.

All charges were dropped during an unscheduled court appearance on 26 March in which the state filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Smollett and seal the case.

“I am a man who has faith and knowledge of our history, and I would not bring my family, our lives and the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.”

– Jussie Smollett, who has maintained his innocence

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