There was more bad news for Jussie Smollett recently, as the city of Chicago has said it is going to sue the disgraced actor over the cost of investigating his fake “hate crime” allegations. Smollett recently got a bill for $130,000 but seems to have decided he was above having to pay things like that. Now the city wants to let him know he’s wrong — and it could work out to be a very expensive error in judgement for Smollett.
Since Empire actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic assault on January 29th, there have been accusations flying around in all directions. Was President Trump the inspiration for a hate crime? Is Chicago a hotbed of racism?
Then, as the investigation proceeded, it turned out Smollett had staged the crime himself in an attempt to get publicity and boost his earning potential. He’s certainly succeeded at getting his name in the news, but it isn’t likely to do much for his bank balance.
- Smollett claimed he was attacked and beaten outside his apartment complex by two men in ski masks, who abused him with racist and anti-gay insults and told him, “This is MAGA country.” The obvious implication was that this was a racist attack inspired by President Trump’s campaign slogan.
- However, the Chicago PD investigation quickly centered on two Nigerian brothers who were arrested on February 14th. By February 16th, the police had solid evidence that Smollett had paid the brothers $3,500 to stage the attack.
- On February 20th, Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report, but on March 26th all the charges against him were dropped following a controversial deal that saw him forfeit a $10,000 bond and agree to two days of community service.
- The city of Chicago, arguing that the forfeited bond didn’t come close to covering the money wasted investigating the fake crime, sent Smollett a bill on March 28th. The total sum was $130,106.15, payable within seven days.
- Instead of compensating the city for the taxpayers’ money he’d wasted, Smollett went on the attack. He refused to pay, and his legal team outrageously claimed that the city owed Smollett an apology for smearing an “innocent man’s character.” They didn’t comment on why he agreed to forfeit $10,000 and do community service if he’s so “innocent.”
- Now the mayor has ordered city lawyers to file suit against Smollett to recover the money he owes — and then some. Under Illinois law, they can sue for up to three times the original sum — close to $400,000.
- There’s even worse news for Smollett than the financial cost, though. If the case goes all the way to court, a judge will decide whether, on the balance of probabilities, “hate crime victim” was just the actor’s latest role. If the case goes against him, that will be the guilty verdict he tried to wiggle out of by cutting a deal with prosecutors — and that’s not going to help his future earnings at all. Don’t you just feel sorry for him? Yeah, we don’t either.