Despite the clear and obvious reality that Jussie Smollett attempted to hoax a hate crime to raise his public persona, the actor’s lawyer is attempting to scare the City of Chicago away from seeking restitution from the disgraced Hollywood personality.
Smollett stands accused of paying two extras from the set of Empire to racially attack him in The Windy City. Smollett’s hope was that being the victim of a hate crime would make him a more valuable asset in Hollywood, thus allowing him to demand more money for his work.
This is despicable in ways that few of us will ever fully comprehend, and to make matters worse, all charges were dropped against Smollett in a move that reeks to high heaven of corruption.
Now, after Smollett has missed the deadline to reimburse the City of Chicago for the police overtime used to investigate the fraudulent case, the actor’s attorney is lashing out.
Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, the ever pugnacious Mark Geragos, had a message to the city of Chicago on Friday: Bring. It. On.
Firing back at Chicago’s vow to pursue the “Empire” star in court to force him to pay a fine of up to $390,000 for police overtime in the investigation of his now-dismissed hate-crime case, Geragos told the city to go jump in Lake Michigan.
In the process, he charged the city’s stance is “unconstitutional,” “malicious,” “false and defamatory,” harassment and a violation of “double jeopardy” bans. Geragos strongly hinted if the city sues Smollett, Smollett will respond in kind.
His verbose language was typical of Geragos’ public persona.
“Your letter constitutes part of a course of conduct intended to harass and irreparably injure Mr. Smollett,” Geragos declared in a missive sent to Edward Siskel, head of the city’s law department, which released a copy to the media on Friday.
“As explained below, your letter is both factually and legally flawed and Mr. Smollett will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”
Smollett was originally required to pay $130,000 to the city, but his missed deadline legally allows Chicago to ask for three times the original sum.
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