Jussie Smollett is to be sued by the City of Chicago after ‘refusing to reimburse’ the police for the cost of his attack investigations.
After Smollett’s case was dropped, he was ordered to pay the police $130,000 within seven days to cover the cost of investigations. The deadline for the payment passed on Thursday and the City of Chicago will now be filing a civil complaint against the actor.
In the letter demanding the payment, the City of Chicago wrote, “As part of the investigation, Chicago police reviewed video and physical evidence and conducted several interviews, expending resources that could have been used for other investigations. Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that he “knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.”
The law department said it will “pursue the full measure of damages allowed” and that the lawsuit will be filed “in the near future”. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said Smollett’s entire case was “a whitewash of justice” and said that the Empire actor dragged the city’s reputation “through the mud”.
Prosecutors maintained that Smollett staged the attack on himself in order to boost his career, but the charges on him were dropped. Smollett forfeited a $10,000 (£7,600) bond payment and did a lot of community service.
New Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot, who is to be sworn in on 20 May, said on Wednesday, “We cannot create the perception that if you’re rich or famous or both that you get one set of justice, and for everybody else, it’s something much harsher. That won’t do and we need to make sure that we have a criminal justice system that has integrity.”
Smollett has not yet commented on the civil suit.