The City of Chicago is planning to sue actor Jussie Smollett for not paying on time the reimbursement for the police investigation on the hate crime he hoaxed in January.
The Empire star had to pay $130,000 in overtime costs after he was found guilty of having staged his own aggression which was being treated by the police as a violent crime.
Jussie Smollett had originally been indicted by a jury on 16 counts, charges which were suddenly dismissed on March 26 by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for the actor’s lack of danger to the public and community service work.
The dismissal of the case caused an uproar in Chicago’s upper echelons and the City’s Department of Law immediately sent him a reimbursement bill which had to be paid by last Thursday.
Following Smollet’s refusal to pay, the Department of Law is now working on filing a lawsuit against him.
Smollett’s attorney has not responded yet.
The Jussie Smollet case has caught the attention of many colleagues, famous personalities and even of President Donald Trump himself, who tweeted the FBI and DOJ need to review “this outrageous case”.
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019