The city of Chicago says the Empire actor owes more than $130,000 for investigating what they say was a staged attack.
The city of Chicago says Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse costs of investigating what authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack.
The city’s law department also said in a statement on Thursday that it would be drafting a lawsuit in response and would sue the Empire actor in Cook County civil court.
The city “will file the suit in the near future”.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent Smollett a 28 March letter demanding the actor pay $130,106.15 within seven days.
Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he has told the truth since reporting to police that two masked men assaulted him, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck. »