Jussie Smollett is refusing to pay greater than $130,000 to reimburse the Metropolis of Chicago’s investigative prices tied in to him being accused of staging a hate crime.
Windy Metropolis Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s regulation chief despatched the “Empire” actor a March 28 letter demanding he pay the cash inside seven days. On Thursday (April 4), the town stated it can sue Smollett for the cash.
In a press release, the Metropolis Legislation Division stated Smollett refused to pay and that they had been already drafting a lawsuit in response to a non-payment they might file “within the close to future.”
Since all 16 fees had been dropped towards Jussie Smollett, he’s maintained his innocence. He claims two masked males assaulted him in downtown Chicago on January 29, shouting racial slurs whereas wrapping a rope round his neck. These two masked males had been brothers named Abel and Ola Osundairo who claimed Smollett requested them to stage the crime. Nevertheless, they haven’t spoken out publicly concerning the incident for the reason that fees had been dropped and their legal professionals reportedly stop working them.
The Chicago prosecutor’s workplace says they dropped the investigation in favor of utilizing their assets to prosecute different alleged crimes.