A malicious prosecution lawsuit filed against the City of Chicago by actor Jussie Smollett was dismissed on Thursday, placing the accused hate hoax plotter on the line for $130,000 in costs incurred by police investigating a hoax the authorities believe he staged himself, with the assistance of two acquaintances.
Smollett had false police report criminal charges inexplicably dropped by Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx last year, much to the chagrin of the Chicago Police. Smollett has since been charged by a special prosecutor tasked with reviewing the case, but as a condition of the original charges he was to be fined $130,000 for the police investigation.
Smollett sued the city, arguing that the $10,000 bond he forfeited in return for the dropping of charges was the only fine he was legally obligated to pay for the matter, describing the fine in his lawsuit as a condition of an off-the-books “plea agreement.” However, federal judge Virginia Kendall sees the situation differently, and ruled that Smollett’s police fine of $130,000 is still outstanding.
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