The law department of the city of Chicago said that they are planning to sue “Empire” star Jussie Smollett after he missed a deadline Thursday to pay a $130,000 bill for the costs the police department incurred while investigating his false attack claims.
Rob Elgas of ABC -7 Chicago reported that the law department released a statement confirming the lawsuit.
The Blaze Reports:
“The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County” against Jussie Smollett, the department said in the statement.
JUST IN: The city of Chicago law department tells @ABC7Chicago “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County” against Jussie Smollett.
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) April 4, 2019
“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019,” they added.
Smollett was given a week to write a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $130,000. He had already forfeited a $10,000 bond in the settlement with the prosecutor’s office over his case.
“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.
Smollett had claimed that supporters of President Donald Trump had attacked him and assailed him with homophobic and racist epithets while dousing him with bleach and hanging a noose around his neck. Later the police captured the assailants and they accused Smollett of planning the race hoax to garner sympathy.
While he was charged with 16 felony counts in relation to filing a false police report, those were dropped in exchange for his forfeiture of the $10,000 bond and community service served.
Here’s a report on the Smollett deadline passing:
From The Blaze