Jussie Smollett

Chicago to sue Smollett over refusal to pay $130K for investigation

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with his attorney Tina Glandian in court last month in Chicago.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with his attorney Tina Glandian in court last month in Chicago. Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/AFP/Getty Images

The city of Chicago announced on Thursday it will be filing a civil lawsuit "in the near future" against embattled "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, after he refused to reimburse the city $130,000 to cover the costs of the probe into what authorities said was staged hate crime hoax.

Details: Smollett missed Thursday's deadline to submit the payment officials demanded in a letter on March 28. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had said the city would seek to recoup the money it spent on the probe after Cook County prosecutors abruptly dropped 16 felony counts last month against Smollett for making a false report when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay hate crime on Jan. 29.

The city of Chicago sends letter to Jussie Smollett seeking $130K

Actor Jussie Smollett and his attorney Tina Glandian in court in Chicago.
Actor Jussie Smollett and his attorney Tina Glandian in court. Photo: by E. Jason Wambsgans/AFP/Getty Images

A letter from the city of Chicago’s legal department on Thursday to "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and his attorneys requests more than $130,000 for "overtime hours in the investigation" of his reported attack, which authorities previously called staged.

Details: The demand came just hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would seek to recoup the money it spent on the probe. Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped 16 felony counts against Smollett for making a false police report when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay hate crime on Jan. 29. If he fails to pay within the next 7 days, the letter said the city "may prosecute you for making a false statement to the city."