Jussie Smollett's case is far from over despite the fact the State's Attorney's office made a decision to drop the charges against the Empire actor The City Of Chicago's deadline for Smollett to cough up the $130K for the cost of the investigation is today.
A city of Chicago deadline loomed on Thursday for Jussie Smollett to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse the costs of investigating what city authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack or risk getting slapped with a civil lawsuit. The law department said it will file its civil complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Last Thursday, the mayor had the city's Law Department send Smollett a letter titled "Re: Repayment of Investigation Costs for False Police Report", requiring "immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter".
Smollett, who is black and gay, touched off a social media fire storm by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.
But the city intends to file its suit in civil court, where a trial with jurors could decide whether Smollett orchestrated the attack.
On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago. She said she welcomes a federal review of the Smollett case. "This is about many cases in the Cook County system that have gone unprosecuted, or having charges reduced".
Earlier in the week, the mayor stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his city's police force, denouncing prosecutors for dropping charges against Smollett and slamming the episode as a "whitewash of justice".
Following the dismissal of the charges, the actor told a news conference: "I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. The March 28 letter said he must pay within seven days but didn't specify a response if he didn't", reports Fox News.
Nonpayment will likely lead the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where the threshold for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.
Last week, the Cook County State's Attorney's office dropped 16 counts against Smollett, who had been accused of faking a hate crime against himself.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who will be sworn in as Chicago's mayor on May 20, could reverse any legal action Emanuel's law office takes against Smollett in coming weeks.