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City of Chicago Plans to Sue Jussie Smollett
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The city of Chicago is gearing up to sue “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett since he refused to pay a bill the Chicago Department of Law sent him totaling more than $130,000. The money, the Law Department says, is what they wasted on the hate crime investigation he instigated.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office dropped 16 counts against the actor, who had been accused of faking a hate crime against himself.
“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on Jan. 29, 2019,” the city said. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County… 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.”
Smollett insists that he’s innocent – and that two men jumped him while he was walking along the street at 2 a.m. He said the two men beat him, poured bleach on him and called him racial and homophobic names. However, Chicago police concluded that the actor hired two men he knew to attack him in a bid to get a higher salary for his role on “Empire.”
A grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 charges of filing a false police report. However, the deal with the state’s attorney included dropping all the charges in exchange for Smollett forfeiting the $10,000 he put up as a bond to get out of jail after his arrest.
The bill the Chicago Law Department sent is for the exact amount in costs the Chicago police racked up – hundreds of man-hours as dozens of police officers worked overtime to investigate the case.
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