Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson felt differently, slamming the prosecution's decision to drop the charges against Smollett and expressing that they stood behind the Chicago detectives' investigation that led to Smollett getting indicted on 16 felony counts earlier this month for allegedly making false statements to two different Chicago Police officers. "As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance".

CBS journalist Charlie De Mar shared a letter from the city of Chicago to Mr Smollett on his Twitter page, demanding he pay $130,106.15 (£99,000) in the next seven days.

Throughout the last couple of months, Smollett has maintained that he is a victim and has denied all allegations against him. While a criminal trial requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction, a civil trial would require the city to prove only that a "preponderance of evidence" - meaning it's more likely true than not - that the incident was a hoax orchestrated by Smollett.

On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago.

Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he told the truth in reporting to police that two masked men assaulted him in downtown Chicago on January 29, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck. Lightfoot will become Chicago's first black female mayor.

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".

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"What she's doing is enabling the offenders", said Steven Stelter of the West Suburban Chiefs Association. But she hasn't explained any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

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.

Foxx's office told WLS the criticism was "an excuse to justify" wider resistance to "prioritizing resources to increase public safety and reduce harm".

Smollett was given a week to write a cashier's check or money order in the amount of $130,000.

But, the leaders insisted, their issues with Foxx did not start with Smollett, who was accused of fabricating an possible hate crime against himself to bolster his profile and his career.