Jussie Smollett Refuses to Reimburse the City of Chicago

Actor Jussie Smollett has denied accusations that he hired two acquaintances to stage a racist and homophobic attack in order to gain publicity

Days after Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx suddenly dropped all 16 felony charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, letting him off scot-free, a group of police chiefs are showing her they vehemently disagree with her decision - and come to think of it, many other decisions too.

City attorneys are preparing a lawsuit and plan to pursue "the full measure of damages" allowed by city law, according to a statement.

Last week, the city imposed a seven-day deadline for Smollett to repay the $130,106.15 of incurred costs and threatened legal action under city municipal codes if he failed to do so.

Smollett's attorneys did not immediately comment. Smollett could also be required to sit for depositions, forcing him for the first time to explain evidence that prosecutors said demonstrated he was lying. The City Of Chicago haven't received the money from Smollett so they're officially filing a civil suit against the actor.

Smollett, who is black and gay, touched off a social media fire storm by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.

"Nonpayment will likely cause the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where standards for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court", adds the author.

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On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago.

"The people standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx's lack of prosecution has caused our members and police officers throughout this country an enormous amount of problems", he said, "not to mention that people in Cook County are depending on the prosecutor to put people in jail, to charge them accordingly".

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who will be sworn in as Chicago's mayor on May 20, could reverse any legal action Emanuel's law office takes against Smollett in coming weeks. Chicago's WLS-TV reports that three associations representing suburban police chiefs voted to express "no confidence" in Foxx.

Suburban Chicago police associations have added their criticism.

Last week, prosecutors had dropped all charges against him in a move Emanuel called a "whitewash." .

Foxx's office told WLS the criticism was "an excuse to justify" wider resistance to "prioritizing resources to increase public safety and reduce harm".

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