Jussie Smollett Sued by City of Chicago over Police Investigation Costs

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 11, 2019
11:47 P.M.
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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollet's felony charges were dropped, but the City of Chicago has now sued him for more than $130,000.


As reported by the Chicago Tribune, officials planned to file the lawsuit last week when Smollett failed to reimburse the cost of the investigation before the deadline. 

After days of deliberation, the civil lawsuit was filed in Cook County court on Thursday afternoon. The City of Cicago could still triple the amount, bringing it to more than $390,000.


This follows after Smollett faced 16 counts of felony for disorderly conduct back in February, which included allegedly filing a false police report over a hate crime. 

According to Smollet, he was attacked on by two men who called him racist and homophobic slurs. The attacks included putting rope around his neck and splashing him with bleach. 

He claimed that they yelled "this is MAGA country" during the attack. The two men, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested and released without being charged. 

Jussie Smollett leaves after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse in Chicago in March 2019. | Photo: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Smollet became a suspect in the case and turned himself in on February 21. He pleaded not guilty. During the trial, "Empire" producers cut Smollet from the current season. 

However, the charges against Smollet were dropped in March and the case sealed. In addition, Smollet's record was expunged.