Jussie Smollett will soon be facing a civil lawsuit from the City of Chicago, which is demanding the actor pay for the cost of investigating his allegedly made-up story about a racist attack, CBS Chicago reports.
"The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in Circuit Court of Cook County", Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the agency, said. "Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's Los Angeles-based legal team".
Per the statement, the department aims to file in the near future, and will "pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance".
The prosecutor's office presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Smollett on 16 charges of filing a false police report. He also pointed to broader Foxx policies to not prosecute many lower-level felonies.
Smollett was later charged with staging the attack.
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"It appears your strategy to address non-violent crime in Cook County is to decriminalize or ignore it, regardless of any collateral cost which is born overwhelmingly by individual communities and their police forces", Mellema concludes.
Asked why there were no African-American police chiefs at the event, Graham said only that all county police chiefs had been invited. Foxx recused herself from the case, citing "potential questions of impartiality" because she intervened early on, on behalf of Smollett family friend and former Michelle Obama aide Tina Tchen.
Emanuel said during the press conference on the 28th of March that Jussie could write on the back of the check, "I'm sorry and I'm accountable for what I've done". The city won't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Smollett staged the attack in civil court, only that it's more likely true than not true that he did.
Prosecutors dropped all 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett last week, despite claiming he fabricated an attack on himself in January in part to get a pay raise.
When the city raised the matter last week of Smollet reimbursing Chicago, the actor's lawyers said it was city officials "who owe" Smollett "an apology - for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud".
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who will be sworn in as Chicago's mayor on May 20, could reverse any legal action Emanuel's law office takes against Smollett in coming weeks.