Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t letting up on his criticism of the Cook County State’s Prosecutor’s Office decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett. He’s also not letting up on trying to get the former “Empire” star to pay for what he believes he did.
Smollett only had to forfeit his $10,000 bond after prosecutor Joe Magots let Smollett go free. Magots did that despite admitting that he believes the actor to be guilty of lying about the alleged hate crime attack against him.
Emanuel said on Tuesday that the $10,000 the city of Chicago is getting from Smollett “doesn’t even come close to what this city spent in resources” on investigating an attack that the Chicago Police are convinced was staged.
Now on Thursday, the mayor announced that he’s sending the actor a bill.
“The police are assembling the cost,” Emanuel said, adding that the city “will communicate to Jussie Smollett’s legal team about recouping that cost.”
Then the mayor said: “Given that he doesn’t feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is that when he writes the check, in the memo section he can put the words ‘I’m accountable for the hoax.’”
The amount for the bill was released later in the afternoon on Thursday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The city of Chicago is billing Smollett for $130,000.
A letter sent to one of the actor's attorneys read: “The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report. 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.”
The city threatened legal action if Smollett doesn't pay up in a timely manner.
As for the prosecutor’s decision to drop the charges, Emanuel told reporters on Thursday, “I’m reminded of the opening scenes of Hamlet when the soldier Marsella says, ‘Something is rotten in Denmark.’ It doesn’t add up. Nothing here adds up,” the Sun-Times reported.
“In the process of uncovering whether a hate crime happened, they found out it was a hoax. Which they stood by [at] the state’s attorney’s office,” the mayor continued.
“The person who committed that hoax is walking around saying `I’m innocent.’ I would like a resolution in the sense of accountability and responsibility in the system, of who is right,” he added. “And on the other end, how did we get to a situation that, with nobody’s knowledge, one of the cases that people watched not just here in the city but around the county [was dropped]? Done.”
Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is backtracking on earlier claims that she recused herself from the case due to her conversations with a family member of Smollett and Michelle Obama’s former aide. She now claims she never actually recused herself — a statement that outrights contradicts what her office said in February.
The Chicago Police union complained earlier this month that Foxx hadn’t recused her entire office or appointed a special prosecutor because of her self-admitted conflict of interest. They renewed their call for an investigation into the prosecutor’s office on Tuesday.
On Thursday, President Trump announced that both the FBI and the Department of Justice were looking into the matter.
The police union is also planning to protest Foxx on Monday, according to Fox 32 Chicago reporter Dakarai Turner.