Jussie Smollett was ordered to pay $130,000 to police despite charges against him for staging an attack being dropped by the Chicago police.
In January, the actor was accused of filing a false police report after claims that he was a victim of a racist, homophobic attack in the Chicago area. Prosecutors claimed he paid brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo $3500 to attack him on the streets in what looked like a hate crime. After a long and controversial police case, charges were suddenly dropped against the Empire star.
City officials have now told Smollett that he has to reimburse the police for the time and resources spent looking into the claim. They said that the money “could have been used for other investigations”. Also warning him that he could be fined and taken to court.
The demand comes after US President Donald Trump tweeted out, “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” In addition, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that Smollett “abused” the city that he wanted to “get to the bottom” of everything.
In this entire instance, Smollett has maintained his claims that he is not lying and that the attack really did happen. His lawyers say all he wants to do is to rejoin his career and put this whole thing behind him.
Smollett was written out of the last two episodes of Empire.