Celebrity privilege will have its day in the courts…
Now that he has been let off the hook for his staged hate crime hoax by a corrupt Democrat machine, actor Jussie Smollett is rubbing salt into the wounds of the city of Chicago with another outrageous move.
The star of Fox’s television show Empire is now apparently refusing to pay back the city for the resources that were expended as police investigated his bogus account that he was jumped by two Trump supporters in red MAGA hats on a bitterly cold January evening.
According to Smollett, his alleged attackers roughed him up, berated him with racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him and left a rope around his neck.
Numerous inconsistencies in Smollett’s story along with good police work cracked the case when the two Nigerian brothers who the actor paid to perpetuate his heinous and cynical hoax fessed up to their role in the scam – surveillance video also captured the duo purchasing the supplies for the operation.
Justice was well on the way to being served after Smollett was hit with sixteen felony charges and was scheduled for his day in court until crooked Cook County prosecutor Kim Fox shockingly dropped the charges after lobbying by politically connected figures who were sympathetic to the actor.
Infuriated and left with no recourse, outgoing Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called for Smollett to pay back the $130,000 that the investigation cost but the arrogant actor told Rahm and the cops to pound sand and now they are following through with the lawsuit threat.
MORE: City law department spokesman says: "This follows his (Smollett) refusal to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019."
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) April 11, 2019
Via Windy City ABC affiliate ABC-7, “Jussie Smollett update: City sues ‘Empire’ actor for cost of investigating alleged staged attack”:
The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett for the cost of the overtime Chicago police spent investigating an attack they say Smollett staged.
The City of Chicago’s Law Department filed the suit after Smollett failed to meet a city-demanded deadline to pay more than $130,000 into that allegedly staged attack.
City attorneys write in the suit, “Defendant knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself. Later, when police confronted him with evidence, he still refused to disclose his involvement.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and seeks money “included, but not limited to $130,105.15.” The suit also asks Smollett be found liable to the city for $1,000 “for each false statement he made to the city, in addition to three times the amount of the damages that the city sustained, as well as litigation and collection costs, and attorneys’ fees.”
“They’ve got a case on the face of it,” said ABC7 Legal Analyst Gil Soffer. “Whether they win is a different story, but they’ve got a case.”
Soffer said through the process called discovery the public could see a lot.
Whether any such lawsuit is successful remains to be seen.
Smollett has multiple advantages including a potential jury pool plucked from a city torn by racial strife that may stick it to the man with a defiant verdict along the lines of the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial and he does possess that celebrity privilege.
The actor also benefits from having an angel of woke looking over his shoulder with the newly elected replacement for Emmanuel being a black lesbian who when she assumes office, could drop the lawsuit which many would feel is the most likely outcome.