Chicago Files Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett for Investigation Costs

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Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago (REUTERS, Kamil Krzaczynski).

The city of Chicago is suing television star Jussie Smollett, claiming the city spent more than $130,000 on overtime pay for police during the investigation of a hate crime that was allegedly staged.

The city filed suit on Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, The Chicago Tribune reported. In January, Smollett told Chicago police that he was attacked on a downtown Chicago street by two men wearing black masks who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him. Smollett also accused the men of pouring chemicals on him, placing a rope around his neck, and saying the phrase “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, The New York Times reported.

Authorities spent weeks investigating the case and concluded that Smollett had faked the attack, allegedly hiring two brothers to help him with his…

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