The alleged attack on Jussie Smollett has come back to haunt him. The former Empire actor is now being ordered to pay $130,000 to the city of Chicago for costs incurred during the investigation.
What originally came off as a racist and homophobic attack ended up being exposed as a likely hoax perpetrated by Smollett himself in hopes of furthering his acting and performing careers. As police looked closer into the matter, they realized almost none of what he said matched up with the evidence, thus resulting in 16 felony counts being handed to the California native.
With all known information, a letter from the city’s legal department to Smollett and his attorneys said that the $130,000 figure covers overtime worked by more than two dozen detectives and officers who spent weeks looking into Smollett’s claim, including reviewing video, physical evidence and conducting interviews. Those resources could have been used for other investigations in a city that already has trouble keeping up with its current amount of crime.