Jussie Smollett demanded pay 130K for overtime costs
City of Chicago demands Jussie Smollett to pay 130K to cover overtime costs for police used to investigate false report after he alleged staged his own attack.
According to PEOPLE Magazine, In the note, which was obtained by NBC Chicago, Edward N. Siskel, the Chicago Corporation Counsel who handles civil claims for the city, alleged that Smollett “knowingly filed a false police report” on Jan. 29.
He also demanded that the Empire actor pay back the money within 7 days or risk being prosecuted. The actor’s defense team, meanwhile, has made it clear that Smollett will be fighting this.
“The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system,” the letter began.
“Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating your false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours,” it read, adding that Smollett allegedly “expended resources that could have been used for other investigations.”
Based on video and physical evidence, as well as conducted interviews, Siskel said, “The Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.”
Siskel also threatened to take legal action if Smollett does not pay the costs within 7 days. Though the actor would not receive jail time for the penalty, he could face a minimum fine of $500,000 or three times the amount of damages.
In response to the city’s letter, Smollett’s attorneys released a statement to PEOPLE and made it clear that he does not plan on paying the requested expenses.
“It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough,” a rep of Smollett’s defense team said.
“Jussie did not do this crime and the charges have been dropped. He has always told the truth. His name is being dragged through the mud by a group of city leaders more focused on fighting each other than anything else,” another rep added. “We won’t participate in this back and forth. He deserves to move on with his life.”