Jussie Smollett has refused to reimburse the city for the $130,000 in police overtime spent investigating the hoax attack he planned on himself. The city has immediately started a civil suit against Smollett – with one huge difference. They will be suing Smollett for $390,000 – or triple the original settlement offer as allowed by city and state laws. To make matters even worse for Smollett and Kim Foxx, as well, Foxx foe Lori Lightfoot (its first African-American female mayor) won the mayoral election, and she plans to investigate Foxx’s office for corruption, and that won’t bode well for Smollett.
Under Chicago by-laws and made clear in the letter Smollett was sent on March 28, the city can seek more than $390,000 from the actor, which is three times the original amount plus court and attorney costs
Representatives for Smollett had no comment on the matter when contacted by Deadline.
The actor who plays the openly gay Jamal Lyon on the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created Fox series had the 16 felony charges and potentially years behind bars he faced for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself on January 29erased on March 26 and the whole case sealed.
The decision by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office drew a statement from the Lachlan Murdoch-run network that they were “gratified” with the outcome, but also strong scorn from Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Police, among others.
As the angry departing Mayor called the deal for a few hours of community service and the forfeiting of a $10,000 bond a “whitewash of justice, prosecutor and First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats told local media that he believed Smollett was guilty of staging the assault himself. Handling the case after Foxx recused herself, Magats also said the deal the actor received did not exonerate him.
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