After weeks of threatening 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett with a lawsuit, the City of Chicago has no officially sued the star who they still feel is guilty of staging a hate crime hoax.
The city's law department said on Thursday that it filed a civil complaint against Smollett, 36, in the Circuit Court of Cook County "that pursues the full measure of damages allowed under the false statements ordinance" per Fox News.
"This follows his refusal to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019," the statement added.
According to the civil suit, Smollett reportedly texted Abel in late January: "Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?”
According to the docs, that same day, January 25, 2019, GPS records and video evidence indicate that [the] Defendant [Smollett] drove Abel from Empire’s Cinespace Studio to Abel’s apartment," and that "during the ride, [Smollett] stated that he was unhappy with the way his employers handled a racist and homophobic letter he had allegedly received three days earlier, and, as a result, he wanted to stage an attack where Abel would appear to batter him."
It points to other incidents which seem to implicate Smollett.
Chicago is determined to get Smollett on the hook for something. One thing's for sure, they certainly think that they have enough evidence to pursue the suit.
Smollett continues to deny the allegations.