Jussie Smollett Refuses to Reimburse the City of Chicago

Jussie Smollett Refuses to Reimburse the City of Chicago

Jussie Smollett Refuses to Reimburse the City of Chicago

In a statement obtained by Fox News, the city's law department said on Thursday that Smollett, 36, "has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019".

"Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's Los Angeles-based legal team", they added. The black and openly gay actor claimed the two mask-clad men who attacked him hurled racist and homophobic insults, doused him with a chemical, and slipped a rope around his neck, which Smollett still had on when later interviewed by police.

Actor Jussie Smollett makes a court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 14, 2019. "As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance".

On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago. He also pointed to broader Foxx policies to not prosecute many lower-level felonies. Foxx recused herself from the case, citing "potential questions of impartiality" because she intervened early on, on behalf of Smollett family friend and former Michelle Obama aide Tina Tchen.

While the chiefs say they speak with one voice against Foxx, African American leaders were conspicuously absent from the stage Thursday. "This is about many cases in the Cook County system that have gone unprosecuted, or having charges reduced".

Emanuel said during the press conference on the 28th of March that Jussie could write on the back of the check, "I'm sorry and I'm accountable for what I've done".

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

Attorney Bill McCaffrey said the lawsuit was being prepared after Smollett, 36, refused to reimburse Chicago $130,000 after Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges.

This comes after the District Attorney suddenly dropped all 16 charges against the actor without explanation. While a criminal trial requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction, a civil trial would require the city to prove only that a "preponderance of evidence" - meaning it's more likely true than not - that the incident was a hoax orchestrated by Smollett. But she hasn't detailed any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

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