Chicago City Planning To Pursue Civil Suit Against Jussie Smollett For Refusing To Pay $130,000 Investigation Cost
Written by KFAT on April 11, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Chicago is planning to sue Jussie Smollett after the actor refused to pay $130,000 to cover the expenses for the investigation into the alleged hate crime he reported to the police.
Two days after prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against the ‘Empire’ star, Chicago city’s Department of Law sent him a bill with the amount of $130,106.15 and gave him a period of one week to pay the same
In a letter sent to Smollett through his lawyers, the city notified him that failure to pay may lead to prosecution under Chicago’s municipal code as well as other provisions of the law.
The city said that the amount they are demanding from Smollett to recoup the investigation expenses is a “reasonable and legally justifiable amount.”
Smollett’s lawyers did not comment on the letter, but asked city Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to apologize to the actor for “dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud,” CNN reported.
The demand reached its deadline on Thursday, with no word from Smollett as to whether he will pay or not.
“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 in a statement, Variety reported. The city also said that they are drafting a civil complaint against the actor, which will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. They will further pursue all damages allowed under the law.
Chicago’s new mayor-elect, Lori Lightfoot, is also of the belief that Smollett’s case was not handled properly and that the actor must be held accountable for his actions.
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