Jussie Smollett Refuses to Reimburse the City of Chicago

Carla Harmon
April 5, 2019

In a statement obtained by Fox News, the city's law department said on Thursday that Smollett, 36, "has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019".

When city raised the issue last week of Smollet reimbursing Chicago, the actor's lawyers said it was city officials "who owe" Smollett "an apology - for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud".

When news of Smollett's dropped charges was made public on March 26, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office told PEOPLE: "After reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case".

But the city intends to file its suit in civil court, where a trial with jurors could decide whether Smollett orchestrated the attack.

"She, for the first time in the history of this county, has exercised prosecutorial discretion in away that does not put black and brown men in prison every single day, and that's something the FOPs can't stand", said attorney Brendan Shiller.

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

"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. Appearing Wednesday on MSNBC, Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, said the Empire actor must be held accountable for any wrongdoing. But she hasn't detailed any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

Chicago's WLS-TV reports three groups representing police chiefs voted to express "no confidence" in Kim Foxx.

Some 30 police chiefs attended a joint news conference Thursday with the Chicago police union president, Kevin Graham, to support that call.

Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged.

Later the police captured the assailants and they accused Smollett of planning the race hoax to garner sympathy. That means the city could demand more than $390,000 U.S. from Smollett.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot could reverse any legal action after she's sworn in May 20.

Foxx's office told WLS-TV earlier that the chiefs' criticism was "an excuse to justify" resistance to reform.

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