Chicago Plans To Bill Jussie Smollett For Investigation

Chicago Plans To Bill Jussie Smollett For Investigation

"The state's attorney's office is saying he's not exonerated, he actually did commit this hoax", Emanuel said in the ABC interview.

"The city feels that is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the cost of the investigation", said Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city's Department of Law.

The mayor added that the corporation council will "send a letter to Jussie Smollett and his attorneys trying to recoup those costs for the city", Emanuel said.

His hope, he said, was to finally hold Smollett accountable for the crime. Trump made the announcement on Twitter, calling the case "outrageous" and "an embarrassment".

"It's a small way of acknowledging 1. guilt, and 2. that we spent these resources and that the taxpayers deserve a minimum ... ethical cost".

Smollett, 36, flew back to Los Angeles on Wednesday after spending the night in Chicago following the bombshell development in the case.

Smollett has maintained his innocence and told reporters on Tuesday after his charges had been dropped that he's been "truthful and consistent on every single level since day one".

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appear at a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, abandoning the case barely five weeks after he was accused of lying to police about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

The real figure, he said, was closer to $150,000.

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The group raises some very valid concerns about Foxx, the state's attorney.

Emanuel said that Trump, given his statements on a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., shouldn't get involved in the case. "He could have said 'I don't know, '" Guthrie said.

On Wednesday, a probe was launched and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now reviewing how the Cook County prosecutors came to dismiss a 16-count felony indictment by a grand jury against the Empire star so easily, Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV reports.

"Through the repeated misleading and deceptive statements to the public on IL law and circumstances surrounding the Smollett dismissal, the State's Attorney has failed in her most fundamental ethical obligations to the public", the state group said.

Tina Glandian, one of his defence lawyers, told NBC News on Thursday that she was not concerned by the review.

A grand jury had indicted the "Empire" actor earlier this month on 16 felony counts for allegedly staging a hate-crime attack two months ago. Patricia Brown Holmes said Smollett's defense team supports "the court files being preserved" in the now-sealed case.

Glandian admitted though that Smollett did tell police his attacker had white or pale skin.

"You can not have - because of a person's position - one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else", Emanuel said. You can put makeup on.