The city of Chicago accused actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday for the cost of investigating his controversial case, as promised, one week after the artist "Empire" refused to pay the city.
In a statement issued by Fox News, the city's law department said on Thursday it filed a civil complaint against Smollett, 36, at Circuit Court of Cook County "which implements the whole measure of damages allowed under false statement ordinance. "
"Following her refusal to pay the City of Chicago for police overtime expenses spent investigating her false police report on January 29, 201
The case does not include a particular figure of money, but suggests the amount the city finds from Smollett will be higher than the $ 130,000 sought after earlier.
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A rep for Smollett has no comment when Fox News reaches. Lawyers for Smollett did not respond promptly to Fox News's request.
As previously reported, the city delivered a letter to the legal team of Smollett last month looking for $ 130,000 from the actor, covering "hours of overtime checking on this matter . "The letter states that if the amount is not paid within seven days, the city may smuggle Smollett" by making a false statement "or" pursue any other legal remedy available to the law. "
The civil complaint filed on Thursday outlines what city lawyers have said by Smollett. The suit said that Smollett – who was said to have been Abel Osundairo's friend in 2017, in every document that Abel had texted in late January: "You may need your help a bit." The complaint further stated that "on the same day, January 25, 2019, GPS records and video evidence suggest that Abel from the Cinespace Studio casts Abel from the Defendant [Smollett] in the apartment of Abel," and "at the time of the ride, [Smollett] said he was dissatisfied with the way he was employed by a racist and homophobic race he received three days earlier, and, as a result, he wanted an attack on which Abel will show him to strike. "
According to the complaint after Smollett met Abel's brother, Ola, Smollett" led the Osundairo Brothers to establish a fake attack on the night of January 28, 2019, near his apartment building in Streeterville. " According to the suit, the three men allegedly "coordinated the details of the fake attack" including the consent "which Abel attacked [Smollett] but did not hurt him too bad and gave [Smollett] of a chance to go out to fight. "
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In a stunning In turn, the Cook County State Attorney's office announced on March 26 that all 16 counts of crime against Smollett dropped and the record in the case was sealed. Smollett nearly lost his $ 10,000 bond, and Smollett's lawyer, Patricia Brown-Holmes, said the funds were likely to go to Chicago.
Smollett, who remained innocent, had previously begun not guilty of all 16 counts against him.
At a news conference last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the actor should "pay the city."
"Because he does not feel sorry for repentance, my recommendation is when he writes a memo
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Earlier this week, the mayor stood on the shoulder of his city police officer, dismissing prosecutors for lowering charges against Smollett and the episode hit "whitening justice. "
Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Edd mean Johnson has said not only are they mad at the results of the surprise March 26 hearing, but are also blindsided by the decision itself, student Smollett does not face charges for allegedly faking an angry crime at the same time Publicly known.
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Noo In late January, Smollett told police that two masked men attacked him while he was walking from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop to At around 2 am, the actress, black and secret gay, said masked men struck him, gave harsh comments and shouted "This is the MAGA country" – a clear reference to the slogan of President Trump, "Make America Great."  Later, the police secret men brother Osundairo, and they were identified as men in surveillance video buying a rope hanging on Smollett's neck during a suspected attack. Johnson told the media at the time that the brothers of Osundairo were cooperating with investigators, and the investigation was pivoting from a crime of hatred being examined in an erroneous reporting inquiry.
Fox News & # 39; Matt Finn in Chicago, Julius Young, Jessica Sager, Sasha Savitsky and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.