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Chicago To Sue Smollett After He Refuses To Pay Investigation Costs

Andrew Kerr on April 4, 2019

The Chicago Department of Law said Thursday it will sue Jussie Smollett after it said the actor “refused to reimburse” the city for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his allegedly staged hate crime in January.

“The Law Department will file the suit in the near future. As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance,” Chicago Department of Law spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Chicago threatened to prosecute Smollett, 36, for making a false statement in a letter on March 28 to his attorneys if he didn’t pay the city $130,000 within seven days.

“[Y]ou made a police report in which you falsely claimed that two men had attacked you while yelling racial and homophobic slurs. The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report,” the letter stated. “Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating the false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours.”

Chicago is following through on its threat. The law department said it will file its civil complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Smollett had faced 16 charges for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that two individuals attacked him on the street with a chemical substance and a noose.

Prosecutors abruptly dropped the “Empire” actor’s charges in late March, citing the actor’s prior community service and his agreement to forfeit his $10,000bail to the city of Chicago.

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.

Smollett’s community service consisted primarily of two days worth of volunteer service in March with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a nonprofit group Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. founded.

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  • OJ was not found "guilty." He was found liable for a wrongful death. You are confusing civil with criminal courts.

  • couldn't be obammyboy, every one knows he is shacked up with a man/wife, and 2 phony daughters.

  • This just goes to prove that not all people are treated the same .It's not who you know it's who you blow ! Ain't that right Rahm ?

  • OJ wasn't convicted in a criminal court for killing his wife, but in a civil court he lost all his money for killing his wife. So while he wasn't proven criminally he was proven a murderer in civil court. This will be the case in the Smollet trial if he is stupid enough to not pay the police dept.

  • this gay moran is going to have lots of fun in jail. the chicago pd spent 1000s of hours investigating his hate crime. where they got the small figure of 130k was political and doing him a great deal in our 2 justice systems we have. chicago has 1000s of unsolved murders and to think they spent 10 minutes on this pimp is disgusting. bravo to the cpd!

  • A total CROCK. If the man had done no wrong, there would be no grounds for a suit. That he was let off was a perfect example of the double standard. Maybe this had something to do with his release.

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