Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay

Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay

"This is pretty unheard of, that the chiefs associations are getting together this tightly from across Cook County to address this issue", said Jack Touhy, speaking on behalf of the south suburban police association. The black and openly gay actor claimed the two mask-clad men who attacked him hurled racist and homophobic insults, doused him with a chemical, and slipped a rope around his neck, which Smollett still had on when later interviewed by police. 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.

Chicago's WLS-TV reports three groups representing police chiefs voted to express "no confidence" in Kim Foxx.

"I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice".

While the chiefs say they speak with one voice against Foxx, African American leaders were conspicuously absent from the stage Thursday.

Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday's surprise hearing, but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials learning that Smollett wouldn't face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.

Smollett was given a week to write a cashier's check or money order in the amount of $130,000.

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Police ultimately came to believe Smollett staged the attack to bolster his profile and career.

The law department of the city of Chicago said that they are planning to sue "Empire" star Jussie Smollett after he missed a deadline Thursday to pay a $130,000 bill for the costs the police department incurred while investigating his false attack claims. "The March 28 letter said he must pay within seven days but didn't specify a response if he didn't", reports Fox News.

To the city's advantage, the threshold for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.

The letter was sent days after the Cook County state's attorney's office dropped all 16 felony charges accusing Smollett, who is black and gay, of orchestrating the January 29 attack.

Smollett had seven days to cough up the dough before the city of Chicago filed their lawsuit against the actor.

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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