While disgraced Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett managed to manipulate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office was responsible for dropping all charges against him as per the hate crime hoax he’d perpetrated, it doesn’t appear he’ll be equally successful fooling the city of Chicago.
On Thursday, word broke that lawyers with the city’s Law Department intend to file a civil lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County demanding that the actor reimburse authorities $130,000 for the money and resources that were wasted during the height of his hate crime hoax.
BREAKING: Chicago says city will file civil lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett after he refuses to pay for investigation costs
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 4, 2019
Recall that after Foxx’s office abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett — and despite an abundance of evidence demonstrating his guilt — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel angrily demanded that the actor reimburse the Chicago Police Department for the money wasted
“The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report,” the city’s Law Department wrote to the actor in a public letter late last month, referring to the investigation into his allegations that he’d been assaulted by two white Trump supporters.
“Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating the false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours. As part of this investigation, Chicago police reviewed video and physical evidence and conducted several interviews, expending resources that could have been used for other investigations. Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and knowingly orchestrated your own attack.”
And so in fairness, the actor should reimburse the city for the $130,106.15 wasted “in the investigation of this matter. If the amount is not timely paid, the Department of Law may prosecute you for making a false statement to the City under section 1-21-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago,” the city’s Law Department warned Smollett at Emanuel’s behest.
Smollett case takes another twist. City of Chicago sends letter demanding $130K in reimbursement for police overtime:
“Please submit a money order or certified cashier’s check payable to ‘City of Chicago’ … within seven days of the date of this letter.” pic.twitter.com/qQd1Iz0hJw
— Andrea Berry (@andreacberry) March 28, 2019
The department marked April 4 as the deadline for the bill. Smollett ignored it. And so now Chicago officials have no other option but to retrieve the money the hard and painful way.
“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. The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook Country,” department spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said in a statement to the media on Thursday.
Regarding when exactly the suit will be filed, McCaffrey said only that it’ll be sometime “in the near future” and that once it’s filed, the department “will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s Los Angeles-based legal team.”
— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) April 4, 2019
The standards for a civil trial are reportedly exceedingly lower than those of a criminal trial, which bodes badly for Smollett. Also boding badly for the disgraced Hollywood actor are calls from a former local prosecutor for a special prosecutor to be assigned.
On Thursday former Cook County prosecutor Saani Mohammed filed a 10-page petition demanding that a special prosecutor be assigned to investigate Foxx on allegations that she interfered with Smollett’s investigation and also take another look at the allegations against the Hollywood actor.
“I want to see that the right thing is done, the right way,” he told People magazine. “I want to let the public know that the justice system is for everybody. There’s no separate justice system for different classes of people.”
Speaking with the Chicago Tribune, Mohammed added that his ultimate goal is for the special counselor to re-file the dismissed charges against Smollett and “go back and do it the right way.”
“I just want to make sure that the right thing is done,” he said.
Attorney calls for a special prosecutor to look into whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett should be re-charged with staging a hate crime as well as whether Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx or her subordinates interfered with the investigation. https://t.co/IW6VBpoDZL
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 4, 2019
What’s notable is that Mohammed had worked in Foxx’s office until just last month. Though he reportedly left “to pursue private practice,” according to People, the evidence suggests that perhaps he really left because he was fed up with his boss’s history of corruption.
So to recap, Smollett now faces an impending civil suit and the chance that the case into the hate crime hoax he perpetrated may be reopened. Had he been convicted on all original 16 counts of disorderly conduct, he would have reportedly faced over a decade in prison.
Those Americans disgusted by his behavior are thrilled at the prospect of him finally facing justice.
@JussieSmollett grab ya kids, yo ass gna be in prison by end of next year
— …3b (@The3rand) April 5, 2019
Hey fool, we are coming for you. Hope you enjoy the Prison showers!
— Kyle Moline (@KyleMoline2) April 5, 2019
Ok so this is a baby step towards justice against @JussieSmollett. Hopefully he has to pay real $$$, then maybe he has to admit wrongdoing, then hopefully the FBI smooshes him Randy Macho Man style.@JussieSmollett is an absolute trash human…
— No1Important (@JayBraddock1) April 5, 2019
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