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While Jussie Smollett may have been cleared of all charges stemming from his 16-count indictment, he has instead found himself on the receiving end of a new lawsuit.
A deadline initially was imposed by the city for the actor to pay $130,106 to help cover costs of the police overtime hours that went into the case.
According to the city, more than two dozen Chicago police officers and detectives worked a combined 1,836 hours of overtime over the course of two weeks while working to investigate claims made by Smollett of an alleged hate crime.
The lawsuit, which was filed in state court on Thursday (April 12), states that the "Defendant made this report to the C.P.D. officers despite knowing that the purported attack was not for racist or homophobic motives" and "that his purported attackers were, in fact, his acquaintances."
Smollett has adamantly denied being untruthful with law enforcement regarding the incident during which he was reportedly assaulted. His lawyer, Mark J. Geragos, previously rejected the city's request to pay for the cost of the investigation, leading the threatened lawsuit to come to fruition. In a statement issued last week, Geragos said his client "will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum."
The lawsuit, paired with the decision to drop all charges against the actor, have many questioning exactly what happened on Jan. 29.
As previously reported, Smollett agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond payment and perform community service. Interestingly enough, after the charges being dropped, prosecutors said their decision "didn't exonerate" Smollett.