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Cash or Card? City of Chicago to Charge Jussie Smollett For Money Spent on Alleged Hate Crime Investigation

By Tamantha Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer

Jussie Smollett may have gotten off the hook as far as facing criminal charges for his part in the alleged hate crime attack, but the City of Chicago is not done with him yet.

Via Billboard:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city plans to try to recoup the money it spent on the Jussie Smollett investigation from the Empire actor himself.

Emanuel spoke Thursday (March 28) on WGN radio, saying the Chicago Police Department is figuring out how much money it spent investigating Smollett’s allegation that he was the victim of a racial and homophobic attack. The mayor says once city attorneys finalize the number, the city will contact Smollett and his attorneys.

Prosecutors offered little explanation and infuriated Chicago’s police chief and mayor when they dropped felony charges that alleged Smollett made a false police report. Prosecutors still insist the actor faked the attack. Smollett says the attack was real.

Emanuel called the decision to drop the case “a whitewash of justice.” He told WGN radio that taxpayers should get their resources back. Emanuel says if Smollett makes the payment, it would be “a small way of” acknowledging guilt.

Do you think Jussie will pay up?

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