Jussie Smollett, former actor in the TV series “Empire,” is making another attempt to get the city lawsuit against him thrown out of federal court before trial. Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times learned exclusively on Tuesday night that Smollett’s attorneys filed a motion in response to the city’s claim that Smollett should pay the city more than $130,000 to cover police overtime and other costs.
According to Sneed, “The city claims the costs were incurred in connection with an investigation into a report he filed claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in River North. Police later charged Smollett with staging the attack.”
Sneed outlines the argument of Smollett’s attorneys: ““My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion…
But the latest court filing contends even if Smollett did make a false report, there is no way the city can assert he would have known the city would investigate — and investigate it to the extent cops did.
“We contend the city is wrong,” Quinlan said of the city’s assertion that Smollett should have known the city would spend nearly 2,000 hours investigating. “ … The mere fact somebody filed a police report doesn’t presume the investigation will be done and certainly not to the extent of what the city is claiming.””
To summarize, if Smollett falsely reported a hate crime and staged an attack, he does not believe he is responsible for the costs of the investigation. Obviously, this does not make any sense. Assuming Smollett falsely reported a hate crime and staged the attack, he should be solely and fully responsible for the costs of the investigation, since the investigation would not have happened without his dishonest fabrication of events.