[Chicago] – Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that he is coordinating with police to finalize the cost of the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax.
BREAKING: Chicago Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that he is coordinating with police to finalize the cost of the investigation into Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crime hoax and will be sending him a bill to pay for all of it.
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According to USA Today, Emanuel said police department officials are still assembling the costs of the investigation that began shortly after Smollett reported to police on Jan. 29 that he was the victim of a brutal attack by assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs as they beat him. The actor also told police that the assailants yelled “This is MAGA country,” during the assault.
The Chicago mayor also said that after police tally the total costs, the city’s corporation counsel will then send a bill to Smollett and his attorneys to recoup the money spent for the probe.
“When (Smollett) does pay the city back on just what the taxpayers have fronted, in that memo section (of the check), he can write, ‘I’m sorry and I’m accountable for what I’ve done,‘” Emanuel said.
Smollett’s legal team pushed back against Emanuel’s assertion that the actor should pay for the probe.
“It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough,” the legal team said in a statement.
Smollett was classified as a victim by police for several weeks after the incident. Police eventually identified two men—brothers who had worked with Smollett on the set of “Empire”— that carried out the attack.