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Chicago Suing Jussie Smollett over $130,000 Police Investigation of Hate Hoax

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the “Empire” actor as a publicity stunt, with the city saying — at minimum — that it now wants triple the amount it initially asked Smollett to pay.

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actor Jussie Smollett attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Maxine Waters: ‘Correct Thing’ Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Saturday that it was the “correct thing” for Chicago prosecutors to drop all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, arguing that all the facts surrounding the alleged hate hoax will likely never come to light. 

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Rahm Emanuel Blames ‘Toxic’ Trump for Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blamed President Donald Trump in a press conference Thursday for the alleged hate hoax carried out by Empire Jussie Smollett, claiming that the president created a “toxic” and “vicious” cycle for which the star thought he could get away with the purportedly staged attack on himself. 

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in a panel discussion during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Emanuel talked about his experience during the recent upsurge in violence Chicago during the discussion about reducing …

David Axelrod Unloads on Decision to Free Jussie Smollett After ‘Insidious’ Hoax

David Axelrod, who served as senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, lamented the decision of Illinois prosecutors to drop all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, stating the ordeal shows a well-connected celebrity could fake a hate crime against oneself without facing repercussions.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: David Axelrod, Director, Institute of Politics, The University of Chicago, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)