The Chicago Corporation Counsel, who handles Chicago’s civil claims, has sent a letter to Empire actor Jussie Smollett, demanding that he pay them just over $130,000. Included in these costs is the overtime that was paid to police officers and detectives who worked around the clock on his case.
This is coming after he was cleared of all 16 felony count charges leveled against him few days ago.The city feels that is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the cost of the investigation,”
Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Law said, “Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating your false claims. The Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.” “The next step is for Mr. Smollett to immediately make arrangements to reimburse the city and taxpayers for the cost.”
The city is giving Smollett one week to cough up a “money order or certified cashier’s check” for $130,106.15 — or just over double the $65,000 he reportedly makes per episode of “Empire.”
The $10,000 bail Smollett forfeited when charges against him were dropped will not count towards Smollett’s tab.
The media outlet says that “although the penalties are only monetary, it could amount to a finding by a judge or jury that Jussie faked the attack.” This case from the Chicago Corporation Counsel is separate from the charges that were dropped earlier this week.
McCaffrey said, the city is not committing to any future legal actions at this time, however we have a lengthy and successful track record of recovering costs under this ordinance,” who also cited as precedent the case of Dr. Gary Hunninghake
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has called the ruling on the actor’s case a national embarrassment. He also revealed that FBI will review the case.