Jussie Smollett has been sued by the City of Chicago over the $130,000 they spent over his investigation. Smollett refused to pay the amount.
The city’s lawyers issued a demand on behalf of the city two weeks after charges against Smollett were dropped. The police department requested that the Empire actor pay $130,106.15 to cover the overtime hours spent on investigating the alleged hate crime against him.
The City of Chicago states that it is “seeking relief against [Smollett] for false statements he made to the City, and seeking recovery of the costs of necessary services provided by the City due to [Smollett’s] violations of the [Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC)].” Smollett has now been sued by the City “to recover civil penalties, statutory treble damages, and attorney’s fees and costs arising from [Smollett’s] false statements to the City.”
The suit states, “For the next two weeks, the CPD expended significant resources investigating [Smollett’s] false report of a high-profile hate crime and physical assault. Over two dozen CPD officers and detectives participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating [Smollett’s] false statements. During the course of CPD’s investigation into [Smollett’s] false statements, CPD has incurred 1,836 overtime hours, which resulted in the City paying $130,106.15 in overtime pay as a result of [Smollett’s] false statements.”
Smollet has not yet commented on the lawsuit against him.