Smollett refuses to reimburse Chicago for investigation, city set to sue

Smollett refuses to reimburse Chicago for investigation, city set to sue

With the passing today of a deadline set by out-going Mayor Rahm Emanuel for Smollett to repay the Windy City $130,000 for the costs of the investigation into the alleged attack against him, Chicago is going to sue the actor.

Bill McCaffrey from Chicago's Law Department said the actor "refused to reimburse" the money and that officials were "drafting a civil complaint". "Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's L.A. based legal team".

"The city feels this is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the costs of the investigation", McCaffrey said at the time.

Smollett, who has maintained his innocence, previously pleaded not guilty to all 16 counts against him.

Smollett, who is black and gay, touched off a social media fire storm by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.

In her response, Foxx said, "Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson", referring to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was among those to publicly debunk Smollett's police report.

More than two dozen police personnel spent weeks working the case, the letter sent to Smollett said, diverting law enforcement resources that could have been used to investigate other crimes. "Jussie has paid enough".

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The actor's criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos, could not be reached for comment.

"We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped", Holmes said in a statement to ET.

In a letter sent to Foxx, Park Ridge Police Chief Duane Mellema, who also heads the North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, expressed concern over prosecutors' refusal to file felony charges in certain crimes. "As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance", the statement continued.

"The abrupt dropping of the 16 indictments against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett during an unannounced court hearing on March 26, 2019, is the latest and most egregious example of the failure by you and your staff to hold offenders accountable", he writes.

To the city's advantage, the threshold for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.

On Thursday, The Daily Wire reported that Chicago's newly elected mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has made it a top priority for her administration to figure out what happened with the Smollett case.

See more on the legal case in the video below.

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