Chicago’s Law Department gave Smollett one week to pay $130,000, and now plans to sue to recoup overtime costs.
In January 2019 Chicago launched an investigation that cost the city $130,000 after Jussie Smollett filed a false hate crime complaint. After all 16 counts against Smollett were dropped many Chicago officials were upset. They sent Smollett a bill to recoup the expenses and he refused to pay.
“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on Jan. 29, 2019,” the city said. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County… The Law Department will file the suit in the near future. As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance.”
Even though Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and other officials have been very vocal about Smollett’s deliberate plan and execution of the fake hate crime, Smollett has maintained his story of innocence.