Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay

THE LATEST: Deadline for Jussie Smollett to Reimburse Chicago Police $130000 Ends Today

A deadline is looming for Jussie Smollett to pay more than $130,000 to Chicago for investigative costs into what city authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack or risk getting slapped with a civil lawsuit. As the city raised the issue last week Smollett footing part of the bill for overtime worked by detectives and officers who looked into the actor's claim, his lawyers released a statement saying it is city officials "who owe" Smollett "an apology" and that "Jussie has paid enough".

That figure represents the total amount of overtime the Windy City's police department had to pay out during the investigation.

"The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County", the statement continues. The city "will file the suit in the near future". Smollett told police that two masked men hit him, doused him with an unknown chemical substance and placed a thin rope around his neck in downtown Chicago on January 29th.

In her response, Foxx said, "Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson", referring to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was among those to publicly debunk Smollett's police report.

This comes after the District Attorney suddenly dropped all 16 charges against the actor without explanation.

Particularly, the police cite three Foxx policies: Not prosecuting theft felonies under $1,000 in value, or most drivers with invalid licenses or most small marijuana cases.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Tchen explained her involvement: "I know members of the Smollett family based on prior work together".

Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas who is African American and was not at the news conference, said it was premature to ask Foxx to resign. The county includes Chicago and more than 130 other communities.

"Nonpayment will likely cause the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where standards for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court", adds the author.

Chicago police have been unhappy with Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx following the dropped charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett in March. Appearing Wednesday on MSNBC, Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, said the Empire actor must be held accountable for any wrongdoing.

Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as mayor of Chicago on May 20, and could reverse any legal action her predecessor is taking.

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