Deadline looms for Smollett to pay city investigative costs

Jussie Smollett faces Thursday deadline to pay Chicago $130,000

"We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped", Holmes said in a statement to ET.

Smollett, who is black and gay, touched off a social media fire storm by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.

Asked why there were no African-American police chiefs at the event, Graham said only that all county police chiefs had been invited. Chicago's WLS-TV reports that three associations representing suburban police chiefs voted to express "no confidence" in Foxx.

A fan takes a selfie with actor Jussie Smollett following his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

"It appears your strategy to address non-violent crime in Cook County is to decriminalize or ignore it, regardless of any collateral cost which is born overwhelmingly by individual communities and their police forces", Mellema concludes.

Foxx, who recused herself from the case before charges were filed, citing conversations she had with one of his relatives, has defended her actions and those of her prosecutors.

Foxx's office told WLS-TV earlier that the chiefs' criticism was "an excuse to justify" resistance to reform. But she defended a decision by her office last week to drop all 16 felony counts against Smollett, saying money was better spent on more serious crimes.

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Chicago is vowing a civil suit against Jussie Smollett after the "Empire" actor "refused to reimburse" the city for the cost of investigating his controversial case.

Emanuel said during the press conference on the 28th of March that Jussie could write on the back of the check, "I'm sorry and I'm accountable for what I've done".

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

Days after Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx suddenly dropped all 16 felony charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, letting him off scot-free, a group of police chiefs are showing her they vehemently disagree with her decision - and come to think of it, many other decisions too.

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

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot could reverse any legal action after she's sworn in May 20.

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