The city of Chicago sent “Empire” actor a $130,000 bill to offset the costs of the hoax hate crime investigation on Thursday night.
“The city of Chicago tells @ABC7Chicago the law department has sent a letter to Jussie Smollett's legal team asking their client to pay $130,000 to Chicago to offset costs of attack investigation,” reporter Rob Elgas reported.
The city is requesting "immediate payment."
Chicago Department of Buildings spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said $130,000 “is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the cost of the investigation.”
As a part of the deal he struck with prosecutors, Smollett only had to give up his $10,000 bond payment and serve a couple days of community service to get all charges dismissed.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced earlier on Thursday that the police department was calculating the costs.
“And, given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is when he writes the check, in the memo section he can put the word, 'I'm accountable' for the hoax,” Emanuel said of Smollett.
In a statement, Smollett’s legal team portrayed the actor as the victim, despite the pile of evidence against him.
"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. Jussie has paid enough,” the statement said.
Not many Americans are going to buy that.