Deadline looms for Smollett to pay city investigative costs

05 April, 2019, 05:43 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Jussie Smollett faces Thursday deadline to pay Chicago $130,000

There will be no criminal trial on that question after Cook County prosecutors last week dropped all 16 felony counts against Smollett, saying they still believed they could prove the charges but that it wasn't worth the time and expense.

The letter added that if the amount was not paid within seven days, the city might prosecute Smollett "for making a false statement" or "pursue any other legal remedy available at law".

The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, ordered Mr. Smollett to pay at least $130,000 by the 4th of April, Thursday.

Smollett's attorneys did not immediately comment.

Throughout the last couple of months, Smollett has maintained that he is a victim and has denied all allegations against him. The City Of Chicago haven't received the money from Smollett so they're officially filing a civil suit against the actor.

Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he told the truth in reporting to police that two masked men assaulted him in downtown Chicago on January 29, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck.

Nonpayment will likely prompt the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where standards for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court. Lightfoot will be Chicago's first black female mayor.

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He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice would review "the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago", describing it as "an embarrassment to our nation".

Some 30 police chiefs attended a joint news conference Thursday with the Chicago police union president, Kevin Graham, to support that call. The Police Commander, the Superintendent, as well as the mayor of Chicago, have been quite forceful in their condemnation of both Smollett, his actions, and the DA for dropping the charges. Groups representing police chiefs in the north, west, and south suburbs all approved votes of "no confidence" in Foxx ahead of Thursday's announcement.

"What she's doing is enabling the offenders", said Steven Stelter of the West Suburban Chiefs Association.

Prosecutors abruptly dropped the "Empire" actor's charges in late March, citing the actor's prior community service and his agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bail to the city of Chicago.

Steven Stelter, of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association, told reporters it wasn't only about her handling of Smollett's case.

Foxx's office told WLS-TV earlier that the chiefs' criticism was "an excuse to justify" resistance to reform.

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