City of Chicago says it will sue actor Jussie Smollett

Honoree Maxine Waters speaks onstage during the 2018 Women's Media Awards at Capitale

Honoree Maxine Waters speaks onstage during the 2018 Women's Media Awards at Capitale

With the passing today of a deadline set by out-going Mayor Rahm Emanuel for Smollett to repay the Windy City $130,000 for the costs of the investigation into the alleged attack against him, Chicago is going to sue the actor.

Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he has told the truth since reporting to police that two masked men assaulted him, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck.

Prosecutors dropped all 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett last week, despite claiming he fabricated an attack on himself in January in part to get a pay raise.

"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.

Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday's surprise hearing, but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials learning that Smollett wouldn't face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.

The city won't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Smollett staged the attack in civil court, only that it's more likely true than not true that he did.

To the city's advantage, the threshold for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.

Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged.

"What she is doing is enabling the offenders; bad guys are not being held accountable", said Chief Steven Stelter, West Suburban Chiefs Association.

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Particularly, the police cite three Foxx policies: Not prosecuting theft felonies under $1,000 in value, or most drivers with invalid licenses or most small marijuana cases.

But Foxx defenders, like attorney Brendan Shiller allege her attackers are motivated primarily by race.

Asked why there were no African-American police chiefs at the event, Graham said only that all county police chiefs had been invited.

Thursday is seven days since Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law chief sent the "Empire" actor a letter demanding the payment.

"I don't know why other chiefs aren't here". But she hasn't detailed any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

"Omg this would be a huge victory", the relative replied to which Foxx said: "I make no guarantees, but I'm trying".

As for Foxx, her office said she doesn't plan on resigning.

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