The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department want Jussie Smollett to reimburse them $130,000 for the investigation into claims he was the victim of a hate crime — or else they plan to take him to court.
The letter asks Smollett for “immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter.”
“If the amount is not timely paid,” the letter states, “the Department of Law may prosecute you for making a false statement to the City.”
In the letter, the police make it clear they still consider Smollett’s account of the incident to be completely made up.
“On January 29, 2019, you made a police report in which you falsely claimed that two men had attacked you while yelling racial and homophobic slurs,” the letter reads.
It goes on to say, “Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and knowingly orchestrated your own attack.”
Jussie Smollett’s legal team released a statement earlier in the day saying, “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. Jussie has paid enough.”