Last month, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office dropped all 16 charges against Smollett, who the Chicago Police Department say stagged a racist and anti-gay assault on himself in a bid to help his career.
The March 28 letter said, if Smollett does not pay within seven days, the city could prosecute him for making a false statement and take him to civil court to seek up to three times that amount as damages, plus court costs and attorney's fees. Smollett could also be required to sit for depositions, forcing him for the first time to explain evidence that prosecutors said demonstrated he was lying.
"The abrupt dropping of the 16 indictments against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett during an unannounced court hearing on March 26, 2019, is the latest and most egregious example of the failure by you and your staff to hold offenders accountable", Mellema wrote. "Jussie has paid enough".
"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.
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A suit could lead to a drawn out battle in civil court that could end in a trial focused on the question of whether Smollett did or didn't orchestrate the January 29 attack. "The facts are clear".
"Since (Foxx) has been state's attorney, we've had a great relationship", Johnson told Chicago public television station WTTW. No one was hurt - that is, physically, killed, shot - he never committed a crime before, he forfeited the bail and it's this kind of situation where they close the case all over the country every day.
"I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of".
Taraji expressed sympathy for the singer-songwriter, adding that everyone has problems in life, but when someone has achieved celebrity status, one's life is continuously under the microscope. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this.
The Smollett case and the city's effort to make him pay are both highly unusual, according to several legal experts.