A deadline is looming for Smollett to pay over $130,000 to Chicago to cover part of the costs of an investigation into his report of a racist, anti-gay attack or risk getting slapped with a civil lawsuit. "The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County".
"Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's Los Angeles-based legal team", they added.
In late January, Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m.
A fan takes a selfie with actor Jussie Smollett following his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. According to a report from Us Weekly, a source close to the Empire alum claimed Jussie will not be paying back the $130,000 requested by the Department of Law in Chicago.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) said it's not just Foxx dropping the charges against Jussie Smollett that's behind their call for resignation.
"I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice".
Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged. She said she welcomes a federal review of the Smollett case.
And notably, not a single African American police chief stood among the many from suburban towns urging Foxx to go. The letter said the payment must be made within seven days, or the Department of Law may prosecute Smollett for making a false statement to the city of Chicago.
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.
Nonpayment will likely lead the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where the threshold for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.
When the city raised the matter last week of Smollet reimbursing Chicago, the actor's lawyers said it was city officials "who owe" Smollett "an apology - for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud".
Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as mayor of Chicago on May 20, and could reverse any legal action her predecessor is taking.