The 36-year-old Empire actor, Jussie Smollett has been sued by the city of Chicago for the sum $130k for costs associated with the investigation that was accrued by police in January alleged attack on him that believe he made up.
According to the suit, Smollett had complained to one of his alleged co-conspirators, Abimbola (Abel) Osundairo, “that he was unhappy with the way his employers handled a racist and homophobic letter he had allegedly received three days earlier, and, as a result, he wanted to stage an attack where Abel would appear to batter him.”
The Chicago Police Department claimed that , 1,836 hours of overtime work was done in the search for his attackers, which they say cost taxpayers $130,106.15.Under city ordinance, the city is entitled to recoup three times its total damages, or about $390,000.
The complaint was filed on Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court where the city will also seek for $1,000 civil penalty “for each false statement” Smollett allegedly made, as well as three times the amount of the damages that the City sustained, litigation and collection costs and attorneys’ fees.
Smollett was accused of staging an attack on himself on January 29 to try to get a raise on Empire. Police say he paid Abel and Ola Osundairo to beat him in what he then described as a racist, homophobic attack by two Trump-loving perpetrators.
In late March, Chicago sent a bill to Smollett, demanding an “immediate payment” of about $130,000 in order to pay for the cost of the police investigation, according to a letter from the Chicago Department of Law