Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett over $130K in overtime wages

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett over $130K in overtime wages

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett over $130K in overtime wages

The city said more than a dozen detectives spent hundreds of hours investigating Smollett's claim that he was a victim of a racial and homophobic attack January 29 in Streeterville.

The City of Chicago says Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse costs of investigating what authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack.

"The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County" against Jussie Smollett, the department said in the statement. "Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's L.A. based legal team".

Jussie Smollett doesn't intend on paying back the Chicago Police after he orchestrated a hate crime against himself in an attempt to draw attention to his person and career. The Law Department will file the suit in the near future.

"The people standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx's lack of prosecution has caused our members and police officers throughout this country an enormous amount of problems", he said, "not to mention that people in Cook County are depending on the prosecutor to put people in jail, to charge them accordingly".

On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago.

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When city raised the issue last week of Smollet reimbursing Chicago, the actor's lawyers said it was city officials "who owe" Smollett "an apology - for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud". But she hasn't explained any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

The name of Tina Tchen, who worked as Obama's chief of staff and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been the center of speculation as it was revealed that Tchen, 63, had been texting with Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx amid the investigation.

Mr Smollett, who insists the attack happened, agreed to forfeit $10,000 (£7,650) bail and complete community service in exchange for the dropped charges.

And notably, not a single African American police chief stood among the many from suburban towns urging Foxx to go.

"Nonpayment will likely cause the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where standards for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court", adds the author.

Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as mayor of Chicago on May 20, and could reverse any legal action her predecessor is taking.

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