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August 09, 2019

Jussie Smollett Asks Judge to Toss City of Chicago's $130K Lawsuit

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Jussie Smollett asks the City of Chicago to drop the charges against him over the costs of his assault investigation. The city filed a case against Jussie for wasting their time and resources over his alleged fake hate crime. 

According to Smollett's camp, the City's complaint tries to get money off their client, in connection with alleged "false statements" which were dismissed on all counts. 

His attorney then declared a motion to dismiss the case. 

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 “This perverse tactic is entirely at odds with the form, function, and prior use of the FSO (False Statements Ordinance) and CRO (Cost Recovery Ordinance) which by design allow the City to impose penalties and recover costs where a party has violated the law.”

The City of Chicago's Lawsuit

Back in March, the City of Chicago ordered Jussie to pay $130,106.15. The reason, to put it simply, is to pay for wasting their time.

Billy McCaffrey, Department of Buildings spokesperson, said this was a small amount compared to the real cost of the investigation. 

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"This is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the cost of the investigation. Given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is that when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the words, 'I'm accountable for the hoax.' " 

The Alleged Hate Crime

The "Empire" actor was allegedly attacked one morning as he walked towards a Subway restaurant. Two men "jumped" on him, poured an unknown substance on him, put a rope around his neck, and screamed racist slurs at him. 

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However, as the investigation began to unfold, it turns out he perpetuated the hate crime against himself. 

Outcry for Justice

Towards the end, all 16 charges against him were dropped, which sparked outrage from Chicago police and city officials. 

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, said that it was a "whitewash of justice," and called out Smollett as he "doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse."

Now that a new petition is ongoing, it seems the Jussie Smollett issue will remain open until further notice. 

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