Jussie Smollett created an obnoxious hoax and got caught. He should be begging for mercy from the Chicago cops and courts and absolutely should do a little time in jail.
If they were going to let him go with a slap on the wrist, the wealthy Hollywood star should at least pay back all the money Chicago spent investigating the hoax.
Remember, a racially charged attack on a celebrity was a big deal and the city devoted considerable resources to the investigation, resources that could have been used to work on real crime in the city.
So, with a special prosecutor and a lawsuit hanging over his head does Smollett come clean and wise up?
No, he just threatened Rahm Emanuel the Chicago police to shut down their lawsuit or else. What a dope.
From CBS: Attorneys for former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett say if the city doesn’t drop a civil case against the actor they will depose some familiar names and others.
They include former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and some police detectives.
After criminal charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped in March, Chicago sued the actor for $130,000 to recoup the cost of the investigation into what Smollett claimed was a racially motivated attack.
Police say the incident was staged.
Smollett’s attorneys say the city hasn’t shown a direct link between alleged false statements and how much the investigation cost.
From TMZ: Jussie Smollett is ready to go on the offensive against the City of Chicago, which is suing him for the cost of investigating what City officials believe was a fake “attack” … because he’s now threatening to file a lawsuit of his own.
Jussie just said in legal docs in the City’s case — where it wants around a half a mil for various costs associated with investigating Jussie’s claim he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack last January.
The former “Empire” actor says he’s seriously thinking about filing a lawsuit against Chi-Town, “for their conduct underlying the arrest and their conduct thereafter.” Translation — he thinks he’s the victim of a malicious prosecution.