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Chicago suing Jussie Smollett for cost of police investigation

Chicago Sues Jussie Smollett to Recoup Cost of Hate Crime Probe City sues 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett over costs of police work despite dismissal of charges
Adrian Cunningham | 12 April, 2019, 16:14

Mayor Rahm Emanuel then had the city's Law Department send Smollett a letter titled "Re: Repayment of Investigation Costs for False Police Report", requiring "immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter".

The city filed a 12-page civil complaint Thursday saying the city "incurred significant costs" related to the investigation.

The March 28 letter said, if Smollett does not pay within seven days, the city could prosecute him for making a false statement, and take him to civil court to seek up to three times that amount as damages, plus court costs and attorney's fees.

"Defendants knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself", the filing claimed. Eddie Johnson, the Osundairo brothers, who allegedly were paid by Smollett to conduct the attack, and attorneys Gloria Schmidt and Jorge Rodriguez if the city filed a civil action against the actor.

The city said it would not comment on the lawsuit.

The complaint said the city was "seeking relief against Defendant for false statements he made to the City, and seeking recovery of the costs of necessary services provided by the City due to Defendant's violations".

The lawsuit lays out a very detailed account of the allegations against Smollett, who told police in the early morning hours of January 29 that he was attacked by two men who hurled homophobic slurs at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured an unknown liquid over him.

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The case against Smollett was dropped after a determination by State Attorney Kim Foxx that the "likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain".

Smollett admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to do community service and give up $10,000 in bond money. The move outraged city officials and police.

Recently, Jussie's attorney Marc Geragos said he won't be paying the city a penny, because he maintains his innocence in the alleged hate attack.

"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", the statement read.

Geragos accused Emanuel of "acting literally unhinged" in his criticism of Smollett, saying the investigation was fatally flawed and was dropped because it was "going to become embarrassing".

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019.

Chicago police said Smollett set it all up. "The evidence would likely be unsealed and the case could drag out 4 years", Conti told Fox 32's Rafer Weigel "We're gonna get the facts that we haven't gotten thus far".