Jussie Smollett sued by city to recover costs of hate crime hoax investigation
The city of Chicago wants its money back, but actor Jussie Smollett is not giving in.
After billing Smollett and being declined payment, the city of Chicago has filed suit for roughly $130,000 in investigation costs.
“On January 29, 2019, Defendant submitted a false police report claiming that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic beating by unknown attackers,” the lawsuit read. “In reality, [Smollett] knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself. Later, when police confronted him with evidence about his attackers, he still refused to disclose his involvement in planning the attack.”
On January 29, the “Empire” actor claimed he was attacked by two men who used the phrase “MAGA country” in Chicago. Smollett specifically told police he believed this was a hate crime targeting him because he is black and gay.
Initial police reports stated that Smollett stated the attackers were wearing facemasks with their features hidden.
However, according to a complaint obtained by the Daily Mail, local police stated that he told them the only thing he could see where the areas around their eyes, and they were white. Smollett reportedly repeated that information later when discussing the attack with another police officer.
Shockingly, Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett, enraging police and instigating the release of even more information.
Phone records show multiple phone calls between Smollett and his attackers the evening of the attack, according to the complaint obtained by the Daily Mail.
Smollett was apparently delayed on a flight back to Chicago and instructed the brothers that he needed to delay the attack. Eventually, 2:00 a.m. was agreed upon.
There is also a record of one of the brothers ordering a Uber to meet Smollett for the attack.
Even though the case was dropped against Smollett, he was not exonerated.
The prosecutors worked out a deal with him, which they claim is quite common for what they consider to be low-level crimes.
Smollett and his attorney, however, continue to claim he did nothing wrong and are refusing to pay the fees requested by the city.