Chicago Department of Law filed a civil complaint Thursday against actor Jussie Smollett after public officials claimed he failed to reimburse them for costs associated with investigating his allegedly staged hate crime.
“The Law Department has filed a civil complaint against Mr. Smollett in the Circuit Court of Cook County that pursues the full measure of damages allowed under the false statements ordinance,” Department of Law spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said in a press statement. “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.”
Cook County threatened to prosecute Smollett for allegedly making a false statement in a letter March 28 to his attorneys if he didnt pay the city $130,000. The 36-year-old actor faced 16 charges for allegedly filing a false police report in January claiming two individuals attacked him on the street with a chemical substance and a noose. (RELATED: Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty To 16-Count Indictment)
Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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