On Thursday, The Chicago Department of Law said it will sue Jussie Smollett after they say the actor “refused to reimburse” the city for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his allegedly staged hate crime in January.
“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,” Chicago Department of Law spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Chicago threatened to prosecute Smollett, 36, for making a false statement in a letter on March 28 to his attorneys if he didn’t pay the city $130,000 within seven days.
“[Y]ou made a police report in which you falsely claimed that two men had attacked you while yelling racial and homophobic slurs. The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report,” the letter stated. “Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating the false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours.”
Smollett case takes another twist. City of Chicago sends letter demanding $130K in reimbursement for police overtime:
"Please submit a money order or certified cashier's check payable to 'City of Chicago' … within seven days of the date of this letter." pic.twitter.com/qQd1Iz0hJw
— Andrea Berry (@andreacberry) March 28, 2019
The law department said it will file its civil complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County showing their willingness to follow through on its threat.
Smollett who could have very well started a race war faced 16 charges for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that two individuals in MAGA hats attacked him on the street with a chemical substance and a noose.
What are your thoughts?
Do you think JUSSIE SMOLLETT should have to pay Chicago INVESTIGATIVE costs for his [MAGA HAT] hate crime HOAX?
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) April 5, 2019