The City of Chicago is suing Jussie Smollett after it allegedly spent more than $130,000 “in overtime costs during the investigation” of his January attack, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit read, in part: “During the course of CPD’s investigation into [Smollett’s] false statements, CPD has incurred 1,836 overtime hours, which resulted in the City paying $130,106.15 in overtime pay as a result of [Smollett’s] false statements.”
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The lawsuit comes two weeks after all charges against the “Empire” star were dropped — which stemmed from allegations the Chicago Police Department (CPD) claimed he staged against himself on a Chicago sidewalk in January. The city’s attorneys then issued a demand letter to him on behalf of Chicago and its police department to reimburse them for the money spent to look into the his case. Smollett flat out refused.
And rightfully so. Not only did the Chicago Police Department fail to investigate his case without bias but even after all charges were dropped, the department, as a whole, continued to imply that Smollett was guilty. The judicial process i.e. courts decide whether a defendant is guilty or innocent. Police departments gather facts.
During the entire length of the investigation, the CPD implicated the actor in the attack even when the evidence the department presented was questionable.
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The Chicago Police Department has never addressed those discrepancies.
And adding insult to injury, the city also wants Smollett to pay an additional $1,000 for each “false statement” he allegedly made to police. Covering attorney’s fees and court costs is considered to be a standard ask for cases like this.
Jussie Smollett maintained his innocence throughout the case. But if he had been found guilty of the charges, the city would rightfully be due the money.
However, since that’s not the case, this just looks like another petty attempt by the infamous Chicago Police Department to not do the right thing.