*Jussie Smollet just learned the city of Chicago and its police force are coming for him. Or should we say, they’re coming for his bank account.
In other words, he’s about to get sued by the city and because of the legal action, he he could find himself on trial for allegedly faking the “attack.”
Here’s more via TMZ:
As we reported, the City of Chicago fired off a letter to Jussie’s people, demanding $130,000 for the cost of investigating the case. Jussie’s people told the City to go pound sand.
The City had to wait 7 days before filing a civil lawsuit against the actor. Well the 7 days has now passed, and the City has made its intentions clear — they are going forward with the lawsuit.
A spokesman for the City says, “Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019. The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s L.A. based legal team.”
Either way, it looks like Smollett is gonna have to debit his bank acount to get out this mess; the City can ask for 3 times the actual cost of investigation … $390,000.
The TMZ report also notes that in order to win, the City must prove that it’s more likely than not that the “Empire” actor faked the “attack.” This, in effect, puts Smollett on trial before an administrative law judge.