The City of Chicago has now officially filed suit against hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett to recover the $130,000 cost of the investigation into his hoax.
The city sent a bill for the investigation after the Obama-connected Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, mysteriously dropped all charges against Smollett after his indictment on over a dozen felony charges.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent the bill to Smollett’s lawyers on May 28 giving the actor a week to pay the debt.
Smollett ignored the demand and now the city has prepared other means to force the Empire actor to pay the bill.
According to the Associated Press:
The 12-page civil lawsuit, filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal battle that shows no signs of abating since Smollett reported that masked men beat him up on Jan. 29 in Chicago, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck.
The lawsuit does not specify the cost of the investigation but it does say the city wants $390,000 plus “further relief as this Court deems just and equitable.”
The AP adds:
More than two dozen officers and detectives spent two weeks investigating Smollett’s claims, with the police department forced to pay for 1,836 overtime hours, the filing says.
Many of the city’s leaders were furious that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against the actor.
Out-going Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Foxx’s outrageous action “a whitewash of justice.” And the city’s Superintendent of Police was furious that he wasted thousands of man hours on the hoax.
One thing on the city’s side, the burden of proof is lower in civil court than in criminal court. So, the city wouldn’t even have to prove that Smollett lied.
The big question is what incoming Mayor Lori Lightfoot thinks about the whole situation.
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