Jussie Smollett: Chicago Will Sue Actor Over Investigation Costs

Jussie Smollett faces Thursday deadline to pay Chicago $130,000

In a letter sent to the "Empire" actor on March 28, the city's corporation counsel said that if he didn't pay in the next seven days, he might be prosecuted using Chicago's municipal code or other legal remedies.

In late January, Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m. "This is about many cases in the Cook County system that have gone unprosecuted, or having charges reduced".

Jussie Smollett's case is far from over despite the fact the State's Attorney's office made a decision to drop the charges against the Empire actor The City Of Chicago's deadline for Smollett to cough up the $130K for the cost of the investigation is today.

The letter was sent after a prosecutor unexpectedly dropped 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging the attack on himself.

"This is pretty unheard of, that the chiefs associations are getting together this tightly from across Cook County to address this issue", said Jack Touhy, speaking on behalf of the south suburban police association.

Last week, after Emanuel said he was going to try to force Smollett to pay the police investigation costs, Smollett's lawyers said city officials were the ones who owed an apology.

WLS cited a letter from the North Suburban Chiefs of Police saying Foxx displayed a tendency to not pursue prosecutions of lower-level felonies.

Last week, prosecutors had dropped all charges against him in a move Emanuel called a "whitewash." . While a criminal trial requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction, a civil trial would require the city to prove only that a "preponderance of evidence" - meaning it's more likely true than not - that the incident was a hoax orchestrated by Smollett. "The bad guys are not being held accountable".

Asked why there were no African-American police chiefs at the event, Graham said only that all county police chiefs had been invited. "I've spoken to quite a few Police Chiefs who have shared that they strongly disagree with position of the SSPCA".

As for Foxx, her office said she doesn't plan on resigning. But she hasn't detailed any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett. "I'm proud of my record in doing that, and I plan to do so through the end of my term and, if the people so will it, into the future", Foxx said in a statement.

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