The deadline of Jussie Smollett to pay more than 130 000 dollars in Chicago to cover the costs of investigation related to what the authorities of the city describe as "mise en scene", is a threat for a racist and anti attack -gay or risk being slapped by civil action.
Thursday, seven days have passed since mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief of litigation sent a letter to the actor "Empire" asking him to pay his money. The letter of March 28 indicated that he had to pay within seven days but did not specify an answer when he did not do it.
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The non-payment will likely lead the city to sue Smollett, which will trigger a civil lawsuit in which the criteria to prove that he has organized the incident will be lower than those of a criminal court.
Chicago sent the letter after prosecutors dropped criminal charges accusing Smollett of orchestrating the attack.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot could cancel any legal action after her swearing May 20.
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Smollett's lawyers did not immediately postpone Fox News's request for comment.
After the letter was delivered to Smollett last week, the attorney's lawyers apologized to Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, "for betraying the character of a man." innocent in the mud ".
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"It's the mayor and the police chief who owe Jussie – we owe him an apology – for betraying the character of an innocent man – Jussie paid enough," Smollett's lawyers told us last week.
According to the city's legal department, the city of Chicago is demanding the "immediate payment" of the $ 130,000 "spent on overtime as part of the investigation into this case".
Emanuel had said at Thursday's press conference that the actor should "repay the city".
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"Since he feels no contrition and no remorse, my recommendation is that he write a check in the memo section. [of the check]he can put the word "I am responsible for the hoax," said Emanuel.
Emanuel also said: "[This case] sends a clear message: if you are in a position of influence and power, you will be treated in one way and if you are not, you will be treated in another way. "
Associated Press contributed to this report.