(AllHipHop News) Chicago is apparently not done with Jussie Smollett. Cook County prosecutors dropped all 16 disorderly conduct charges against the Empire actor, but out-going Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Smollett to repay $130,106 to the city for the costs of the investigation into an alleged fake hate crime.
"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," stated Bill McCaffrey, Director of Public Affairs at City of Chicago Department of Law.
McCaffrey continued, “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s L.A. based legal team.” The city can reportedly seek more than $390,000 which is the original amount with court and attorney costs added to the total.
Smollett's legal team has responded to the civil lawsuit threat from Chicago officials. Attorney Mark Geragos sent an April 4-dated letter to the city’s corporation counsel where he stated that his client will not be intimidated into paying the money.
“Mr. Smollett’s preference remains, however, that this matter be closed and that he be allowed to move on with his life," wrote Geragos. He added, "Your claim that Smollett filed a false police report and orchestrated his own attack is false and defamatory.” Smollett has publicly maintained he did not lie about the assualt that supposedly took place on January 29.
Smollett’s lawyers say they will demand to see all the evidence from the criminal case if the city proceeds with the lawsuit. They will also request that all records and legal proceedings be made open to the public. Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson could be called to testify under oath as well.
On April 2, Lori Lightfoot was elected as the first African-American female and first openly gay mayor in Chicago's history. She is scheduled to take over the mayoral office from Emanuel on May 20. Previously, Emanuel appointed Lightfoot to chair the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force as a response to the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal.