City of Chicago is going ahead with their civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett (Picture: Getty Images)City of Chicago officials are going ahead with their plans to file a civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett.
Jussie was attacked in Chicago at the end of January in an incident initially treated as a hate crime by officials.
Two men, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, were questioned and released by police, while Jussie was later arrested and faced 16 charges over filing a false police report.
It was claimed Jussie had ‘orchestrated’ the attack, claims he continuously denied, and the charges were later dropped and Jussie’s case effectively closed.
However, the City of Chicago had requested $130,000 (£99,533) from Jussie to cover costs of the investigation, including ‘overtime worked by more than two dozen detectives and officers’, and threatened legal action if he didn’t cough up.
The Empire star didn’t pay, with Jussie’s lawyer issuing a statement that said he ‘wouldn’t be intimidated’ to reimburse officials.
Jussie refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for investigation costs into his attack case (Picture: AP)Now, the City of Chicago has reportedly filed a civil lawsuit against Jussie following his refusal to pay and they are now seeking more than $130k from the actor, with the wanted amount yet to be specified, according to reports.
FOX News published a statement issued by the city’s law department that said the suit ‘pursues the full measure of damages allowed under the false statements ordinance.’
‘This follows his refusal to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019.’
The civil complaint reportedly outlines city attorneys’ claims that Jussie ‘arranged and orchestrated’ his own attack with the Osundairo brothers.
TMZ reports that the suit could see Jussie trialled in January. Although, Jussie’s legal team have said that any attempts to prosecute him further would ‘violate double jeopardy’ – where a person can’t be prosecuted twice for the same crime.
Metro.co.uk have reached out to Jussie’s rep.
City of Chicago is now suing Jussie and want more than the $130,000 initially requested (Picture: AP)Jussie has maintained his innocence throughout the case, but the decision to drop all charges against him has been subjected to backlash.
US President Donald Trump branded the case a ‘national embarrassment’ and the decision hasn’t sat well with the Mayor of Chicago either.
The FBI is allegedly now looking into why the charges were dropped when the prosecution claimed to have an ‘air-tight case’ against the star.
Jussie’s attorney, Patricia Holmes, responded to the reports, and has accused local authorities of ‘continuing their campaign’ against him.
Holmes said: ‘The case is closed. No public official has the right to violate Mr Smollett’s due process rights. We respectfully request all government agencies involved live up to the ethical tenets of their office… the case was dismissed.
‘We should all allow Mr Smollett to move on with his life as a free citizen.’
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