Jussie Smollett has been ordered to pay Police $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation for the alleged street attack authorities said was staged to promote his career.
A letter from the city’s legal department to Smollett and his attorneys said that rhe figure covers overtime worked by more than two dozen detectives and officers who spent weeks looking into Smollett’s claim, including reviewing video and physical evidence and conducting interviews.
Those resources, the letter said, “could have been used for other investigations.”
If Smollett fails to pay, officials could charge him with violating a city ordinance and seek fines, damages and court costs, the letter stated.
Letter from City to Jussie Smollett titled
“Demand Letter-Smollett False Statement”
Read here: pic.twitter.com/vvcI2pNWAR
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) March 28, 2019
This comes after President Donald Trump tweeted that the FBI and the Department of Justice would review the “outrageous” case, calling it an “embarrassment” to the country after city prosecutors abruptly dropped 16 felony counts that accused Smollett of making a false police report about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack in January.
He was accused of filing a false police report stating that he was the target of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago in January. But Smollett maintained his innocence and insisted that the attack was real.