The City of Chicago announced on Thursday that it plans to sue Jussie Smollett for $130,000 for investigation costs related to his attack, according to TMZ.
The outlet already reported that the city sent a letter to Jussie’s team requesting the amount, but they refused. Instead, the city had to wait seven days to file a lawsuit against the Empire actor and now they are moving “forward” with the lawsuit.
The report details that the police department “conducted an extensive investigation.”
“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019. The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s L.A. based legal team,” a spokesman for the City of Chicago said in a statement.
Now that Chicago has sued the artist, they have the opportunity to request three times the amount they are suing him for, totaling at $390,000.
The city must also show proof that “it’s more likely than not” that he allegedly faked the attack. If so, he will have to go to trial and face an administrative judge.
Sixteen accounts against Smollett were dropped in March relating to the criminal case of his attack that occurred in January.