REPORT : Chicago police to bill Jussie Smollett for cost of hate crime probe
REPORT : Chicago police to bill Jussie Smollett for cost of hate crime probe

REPORT : Chicago police to bill Jussie Smollett for cost of hate crime probe



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Chicago officials, incensed by prosecutors’ abrupt and largely unexplained decision to drop all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, plan to slap the actor with a “bill” for the cost of the investigation, authorities said Thursday.

“The City of Chicago will be sending Mr. Smollett a bill,” said Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

“From a 30,000-foot view, the bill will include the hours, the overtime, the financial costs and the resources that were used” in probing what the Windy City’s cops, mayor and even prosecutors still believe was a hoax, Guglielmi said.

And that tally won’t even touch on outside resources Chicago cops called in to crack the firestorm case.

“It was an extensive investigation that required a lot of review of cameras. There was technical assistance provided by external agencies, but it’ll likely only include Chicago expenses and not expenses incurred by the FBI and other technical experts we brought in for analysis,” Guglielmi said, adding that the city Law Department is crunching the numbers........