The city of Chicago is taking new legal action against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett after the actor refused to reimburse the city $130,000 to pay for their investigation into his hate crime hoax.
"The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County" against Jussie Smollett, the city announced on Thursday.
"Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019,” city officials said in a statement.
The move comes after Cook County prosecutors made the extremely controversial decision to dismiss 16 felony charges against Smollett, despite a mountain of evidence suggesting he is guilty. Many accused Smollett of benefiting from his “Hollywood privilege” after Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff intervened and contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to advocate for Smollett.
Chicago officials then sent Smollett a bill for $130,000 to pay for the hoax investigation, giving him a chance to pay voluntarily. Now that the deadline passed, Chicago is taking the case to court.
"Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s Los Angeles-based legal team,” the law department of the city of Chicago said.
Chicago Police officials have since called on Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx to resign over her handling of the case.
Hopefully, there will be some form of justice done in this case. Faking a hate crime is a serious offense.