City of Chicago makes good on threat against Jussie Smollett

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The City Of Chicago has officially sued Jussie Smollett for allegedly filing a fake police report and lying to authorities.

Last month, Cook County prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against Smollett, saying they believed they could prove the charges but that it wasn't worth the time and expense. While the prosecutor's office dropped all the charges against Smollett, the City of Chicago hasn't been almost as forgiving.

"The City incurred significant costs in order to provide services reasonably related to Defendant's conduct", they wrote in the complaint Thursday.

Smollett said he was attacked by two men, who doused him with a chemical and put a noose around his neck in January. "This follows his refusal to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019", reads a statement from the city of Chicago.

His lawyers excoriated the city for threatening to sue him and said he would defend himself vehemently against such a lawsuit.

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Smollett's attorneys framed the sudden about-face as vindication for the actor, though Joseph Magats, Foxx's top deputy, said the dropped charges "should not be viewed as some kind of admission there was something wrong with the case, or something wrong with the investigation that the Chicago police did".

Smollett lawyer Mark Geragos said in a letter to the city last week that claims Smollett made the entire thing up were "defamatory", accusing Chicago of trying to "harass" Smollett and pointing to the dismissal of charges as proof he is innocent.

"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", said the letter signed by Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel. In March, the city ordered Smollett to repay the $130,000 but Smollett, who has insisted the alleged attack did occur, has refused. In dismissing the case, prosecutors said they had cut a deal with the actor to perform two days of community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city of Chicago. Attorneys for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Geragos argued that it was unprecedented for the city to seek a file a suit for false statements after the state's attorney's office dropped criminal charges, and that doing so would violate Smollett's rights not to be subjected to "double jeopardy".

The $130,106 represents the alleged costs of police overtime hours investigating the case.

While prosecutors would have had to prove Smollett's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court, the bar is lower is civil litigation.

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