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Chicago demands Jussie Smollett pay $130,000 for cost of investigation

1 min read - The city of Chicago wants $130,106.15 in the next seven days from actor Jussie Smollett, to cover the cost of the investigation into claims he was attacked in what he described to police investigators as a possible hate crime. In a letter sent to Smollett in care of his attorneys, the city's corporation counsel says if Smollett doesn't pay, the city might prosecute him using Chicago's municipal code or other legal remedies. "The city feels this is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the costs of the investigation," city spokesman Bill McCaffrey said. Smollett's defense team did not comment on the letter and referred CNN to an earlier statement, in which they said Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson need to apologize to their client.

"It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie -- owe him an apology -- for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud," the attorneys said. "Jussie has paid enough."
In the letter, the city says two dozen police personnel worked the case, which used resources that could have been spent investigating other crimes.
The city asked for a certified cashier's check or money order made out to "City of Chicago."
Source CNN

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