April 12 (UPI) -- The City of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett seeking reimbursement for more than $130,000 police spent in overtime pay so officers could investigate his assault report.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration filed the suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court. It says Smollett owes the city $130,106 for 1,836 hours of overtime billed during the two-week investigation. Authorities said the Empire actor staged an assault he said was racially and sexually motivated. The motive, they said, was to gain exposure and sympathy he believed would further his acting career. Smollett has repeatedly rejected the police theory.