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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)

Jesse Jackson: Outrage over Jussie Smollett ‘Is Fake News’

Rev. Jesse Jackson on Friday released a statement branding the “outrage” surrounding Jussie Smollett as “fake news” and called on people still angered by allegations that the Empire actor staged a hate crime against himself to move on from the scandal.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks onstage during The 16th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit - Day 1 at The Roosevelt Hotel on January 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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)

Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty in Hate Hoax Case

CHICAGO (AP) — ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

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)