The City Of Chicago Threatens To File Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett has refused to pay the City of Chicago the money they requested that was used to investigate his alleged false report of a hate crime., so now they are threatening to take legal action against the embattled actor. The Empire star missed the deadline to pay the $130,106.15 back last week, ABC reports.
“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, Bill McCaffrey, a Department of Law spokesperson, said in a statement. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook Country.”
His lawyer, Mark Geragos, responded by saying Smollett will not be intimidated into paying the lump sum.
“Mr. Smollett vehemently denies making any false statement to the City of Chicago, or to any individuals investigating,” Geragos said in a statement to Chicago’s Department of Law on yesterday (Apr. 5). “All criminal charges against Mr. Smollett from this incident have been dismissed and his record has been sealed. Thus, your claim that Mr. Smollett filed a false police report and orchestrated his own attack is false and defamatory.”
Geragos said the lawsuit that is being threatened is in “bad faith” and is “unconstitutional.”
Last month, the 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct were abruptly dropped after he was indicted a few weeks before. Smollett has maintained his innocence throughout this entire process.