On Tuesday, prosecutors said they were dropping all 16 charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Despite, the Chicago Police Department stating that they had overwhelming evidence that Smollett staged the late January hate crime, prosecutors decided not to go pursue the case any further.
They said Smollett’s volunteerism and his willingness to forfeit $10,000 bond was enough for them. It was an “alternative prosecution” they said.
So, all good, right?
Well, not exactly. Not only is the FBI reviewing the circumstances surrounding the case but now the city of Chicago is going after Smollett financially.
The Windy City is demanding the actor cough up $130,000. The bill, the city’s says, is to cover the cost of the investigation and time spent looking into the case.
This development comes after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel let loose on the totally unexpected development.
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) March 26, 2019
The mayor also had an idea for how Smollett could fill out the check.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "My recommendation is when [Jussie Smollett] writes the check, in the memo section he can put the words 'I'm accountable for the hoax.'"
— The Hill (@thehill) March 28, 2019