Jussie Smollett still owes Chicago $130,000

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Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, has said he was walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street about 2 a.m. January 29 when two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck. The State's Attorney's Office has said that it stands by the police investigation, but that Smollett's case was not serious enough to warrant jail time.

The City Law Department said in a Thursday evening statement that it was already drafting a lawsuit in response and would file it "in the near future".

The case added pressure on beleaguered State's Attorney Kim Foxx as Chicago's police union and a host of suburban police chiefs have been calling on her to resign, CBS Chicago adds.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called it a "a whitewash of justice" and claimed Smollett had dragged the city's reputation "through the mud". "The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report", the letter stated.

"The abrupt dropping of the 16 indictments against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett during an unannounced court hearing on March 26, 2019, is the latest and most egregious example of the failure by you and your staff to hold offenders accountable", Mellema wrote.

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"We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped", Holmes said in a statement to ET.

"Mr Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019", he said.

He claimed the attackers poured the bleach-like chemical on him and tied a rope noose around his neck, yelling racist and homophobic insults as well as "This is MAGA country".

The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, ordered Mr. Smollett to pay at least $130,000 by the 4th of April, Thursday.

Newsbeat has contacted representatives for Jussie Smollett for comment.

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The charges against him were dropped after he forfeited his bail money and performed community service, prosecutors said.

Fox executives have not said if he will return should the show be renewed for another year.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice would review "the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago", describing it as "an embarrassment to our nation".

Their disaffection began with lack of charges in attacks on police officers.

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