Jussie Smollett won't reimburse Chicago's investigation costs; city vows civil suit

Actor Jussie Smollett has denied accusations that he hired two acquaintances to stage a racist and homophobic attack in order to gain publicity

THE LATEST: Deadline for Jussie Smollett to Reimburse Chicago Police $130000 Ends Today

Jussie Smollett's case is far from over despite the fact the State's Attorney's office chose to drop the charges against the Empire actor The City Of Chicago's deadline for Smollett to cough up the $130K for the cost of the investigation is today.

Thursday was the deadline for actor Jussie Smollett to pay the $130,106.15 bill sent to him by the city of Chicago, to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim he was the victim of a possible hate crime. "The City of Chicago and Chicago Law Department will not have any further comment at this time".

The city's law department on Thursday evening told ABC 7 Chicago: "The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County" against the Hollywood star. According to a report from Us Weekly, a source close to the Empire alum claimed Jussie will not be paying back the $130,000 requested by the Department of Law in Chicago.

Smollett said he was attacked by two men, who doused him with a chemical and put a noose around his neck in January.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice would review "the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago", describing it as "an embarrassment to our nation".

Steven Stelter, of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association, told reporters it wasn't only about her handling of Smollett's case.

WLS cited a letter from the North Suburban Chiefs of Police saying Foxx displayed a tendency to not pursue prosecutions of lower-level felonies.

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This comes after the District Attorney suddenly dropped all 16 charges against the actor without explanation. "This is about many cases in the Cook County system that have gone unprosecuted, or having charges reduced".

Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas who is African American and was not at the news conference, said it was premature to ask Foxx to resign.

The March 28 letter said he must pay within seven days.

Thursday is seven days since Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law chief sent the "Empire" actor a letter demanding the payment.

In a stunning reversal last Tuesday, the Cook County State Attorney's office announced that all 16 felony counts against Smollett were being dropped and the record in the case sealed. The city won't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Smollett staged the attack in civil court, only that it's more likely true than not true that he did.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who will be sworn in as Chicago's mayor on May 20, could reverse any legal action Emanuel's law office takes against Smollett in coming weeks.

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