Update 08/06/2019 3:21pm:
Previously, the City of Chicago hit Jussie Smollett with a $130,000 lawsuit, noting they wanted the actor to pay for the cost of the police investigation. Now, court documents have surfaced noting that Smollett is demanding that the lawsuit be tossed.
Smollett and his team said the lawsuit “appears to be an unprecedented effort to seek penalties and resources expended in connection with allegedly false statements made to the police where the related criminal case concerning the statements was dismissed nolle pros on all counts.” Smollett is essentially saying he is innocent and is doubling down because the criminal charges against him were dropped. Stay tuned for more information on this story.
source: The Blast
Update 04/12/2019 9:24am:
Earlier this month, Jussie Smollett's legal team said he would "not be intimidated" into paying back the city of Chicago for the cost of the police investigation, yet that hasn't stopped city officials from suing the actor for even more than the originally reported $130,000.
The civil lawsuit was filed Thursday (April 11) in Cook County court, where the Chicago's Department of Law noted that over two dozen police officers and detectives had spent weeks working Smollett's case, subsequently resulting in 1,836 overtime hours.
According to the document, the city also wants Smollett to pay $1,000 for each "false statement" he made to police, as well as to cover attorneys' fees and other litigation costs. In all, Chicago could ask the actor to pay three times the amount of damages it sustained, which CNN reports could be more than $390,000.
Ultimately, city officials still believe Smollett orchestrated the hoax entirely, while purposely misleading investigators into thinking his attackers were white men.
Update 04/05/2019 1:32pm:
Following the reports that the city of Chicago is planning to sue Jussie Smollett for over $130K due to the cost of his investigation, the Empire actor's lawyer has responded to say that their demands are "factually and legally flawed."
"Your letter constitutes part of a course of conduct intended to harass and irreparably injure Mr. Smollett," attorney Mark Geragos wrote in response to the City of Chicago Department of Law's request, adding that regardless of their potential lawsuit "Mr. Smollett will not be intimated into paying the demanded sum."
While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has previously stated that Smollett should pay the city back to atone for his guilt, Smollett's legal team has said that threats of a lawsuit are "unconstitutional" and any attempts to further prosecute him would violate double jeopardy.
Furthermore, if the city was to move ahead with a lawsuit, Geragos said he would demand sworn depositions from Emanuel, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and the Osundairo brothers.
Original 04/04/2019 10:27pm:
City officials in Chicago are planning to sue Empire actor Jussie Smollett for $130,106.15 in overtime costs incurred while investigating claims that he was attacked in a hate crime.
Smollett was later charged with lying to police and orchestrating the attacks, but the charges were later dropped. The Cook County State's Attorney Office cited Smollett’s lack of danger to the public, his community service, and forfeiting $10,000 in bail. Smollett has maintained his original story about his attack even after the charges against him were dropped.
Chicago’s Department of Law spokesperson Bill McCaffrey commented on the impending lawsuit against Smollett, stating, "The Law Department will file the suit in the near future. As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance."
Source: Buzzfeed News