The time is up for Jussie Smollet to reimburse the city of Chicago $130,000 for the cost of the investigation into his alleged hate crime. Despite city officials giving the Empire actor a clear deadline, Smollett did no fork over the money. As a result, Chicago is looking to file a civil suit so they can collect on their hefty debt.
The news was shared on Twitter on Thursday (April 4) by CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar, who appeared to obtain a statement from the Cook County Law Department. According to the statement, the Law Department is drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, Smollett’s legal team will be notified.
As previously reported, the city’s Law Department sent a letter titled “Re: Repayment of Investigation Costs for False Police Report,” to Smollett last Thursday (Mar. 28), requesting that he make an “immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter.” The letter arrived shortly after Cook County prosecutors dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a hate crime against Smollett after he agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bail, and performed 16 hours of community service.
Smollett’s defense team said they don’t feel as though the actor owes the city anything. “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,” Smollett’s team said. “Jussie has paid enough.”