Chicago PD Sends Letter Demanding $130K From Jussie Smollett

Richard Shotwell  Invision  AP

Richard Shotwell Invision AP

Jussie Smollett reiterated Tuesday that he was innocent of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself in downtown Chicago after the Cook County State's Attorney's surprise decision to drop 16 charges against the actor for filing a false police report on the incident.

The letter from the police demanded, "immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter".

He reported to police that he was attacked in the middle of the night in January by two masked men while walking near his home.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department will review IL prosecutors' decision to drop all charges against a U.S. television actor accused of fabricating a hate crime.

Earlier on Thursday, President Donald Trump had tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice will "review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago". "It is an embarrassment to our Nation!"

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Later on, according to Chicago Tribune, Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel said he was going to try to force Smollett to pay for the cost of investigation.

The letter goes on to threaten the Empire star with legal action in the event he does not pay, saying, "If the amount is not timely paid, the Department of Law may prosecute you for making a false statement to the City under section 1-21-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago or pursue any other legal remedy available at law".

Plus, the EP of the Fox series sounds off on Smollett's future with the show.

Now, a source close to the mayor said that the City is ready to file a civil suit against Smollett.

Not to mention, under the law, they can actually collect more than three times the amount asked for, meaning they could technically get $390,000 from the actor. His lawyers said he hopes to move on with his career, but it remains unclear whether he will return to "Empire" after being written out of the last two episodes of the most recent season.

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