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Chicago sues Jussie Smollett in bid to recoup costs of investigating racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the "Empire" actor as a publicity stunt. https://t.co/2j0Er5caNr
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 11, 2019
Jussie Smollett may have had his 16 charges stemming from his role in the “alleged” hate crime against him dropped, but now he could be facing worse consequences than had be simply taken the fall in the first place.
After his faux-exoneration, the Chicago PD sent Smollett a bill for $130,000 to cover all the overtime pay associated with investigating the alleged hate crime against him. $130,106.15 to be specific. The letter Smollett received demanding the payment threatened that the fine would be tripled if it were not paid within a week.
In response, Smollett said (through attorneys) that he “won’t be intimidated.”
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He may not be intimidated, but he will be sued.
As ABC7 Chicago reported:
The City of Chicago’s Law Department filed the suit after Smollett failed to meet a city-demanded deadline to pay more than $130,000 into that allegedly staged attack. City attorneys write in the suit, “Defendant knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself. Later, when police confronted him with evidence, he still refused to disclose his involvement.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and seeks money “included, but not limited to $130,105.15.” The suit also asks Smollett be found liable to the city for $1,000 “for each false statement he made to the city, in addition to three times the amount of the damages that the city sustained, as well as litigation and collection costs, and attorneys’ fees.”
READ IT: Here's a link to the full civil complaint filed by the City of Chicago today against Jussie Smollett. https://t.co/y0bLU1LfXh
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) April 11, 2019
This lawsuit be a one-two punch against Smollett, as new information about Smollett’s alleged assault will come out in the court proceedings to justify the roughly $400,000 (plus legal fees!) demanded.
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