City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigative costs

Chicago Sues Jussie Smollett to Recoup Cost of Hate Crime Probe

The City of Chicago on Wednesday filed a civil complaint against actor Jussie Smollett trying to recoup the cost of his complaint to police that he'd been the subject of a racist and homophobic attack.

Smollett's attorney refused to comment on the lawsuit.

In late January, Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m.

After weeks of investigation, Chicago police determined that Smollett cooked up the scheme - in which they allege he hired two brothers to pose as his attackers - because he was dissatisfied with his salary on "Empire".

"Your claim that Smollett filed a false police report and orchestrated his own attack is false and defamatory", the letter said.

He was charged in February with staging the incident and filing a false police report.

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The $130,106 represents the alleged costs of police overtime hours investigating the case.

"The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system", said the letter signed by Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel. It also noted that, if prosecuted, municipal code states that he could potentially be fined up to three times the amount.

Smollett was allowed to walk free on a "modified plea bargain" that allowed him to avoid trial by serving 16 hours of community service and forfeiting a $10,000 bond.

After charges were dropped against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he had been given special treatment because of his celebrity status.

The lawsuit also asks for $1,000 for each false statement made to police.

Marc said: "Mr. Smollett will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum". Chicago officials previously stated they would be moving forward with the suit against Smollett. The State's Attorney's office, which has faced a wave of criticism over the Smollett case, maintains that the deal does not, in fact, absolve Smollett. The timeline includes a 41-point blow-by-blow, from when Smollett first met the Osundario brothers - the purported attackers - in the fall of 2017 until the final allegation that Smollett continued to be in contact with the brothers in the days after the alleged attack. The civil suit will likely force the prosecutor's office to unseal the file - at least for parties to the case - and the city will likely get to depose Smollett under oath about the January 29 incident and statements made to police.

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