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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)

Watch: Kim Foxx Remains Silent as Supporter Calls Chicago Police ‘Blue Klux Klan’

A supporter of Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office recently dropped all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, refered to the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police as the “Blue Klux Klan” in a Saturday afternoon press conference —  a racial slur the top prosecutor would not refute when asked whether she concurred with the comparison. 

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 23: Cook County State's attorney Kim Foxx speaks with reporters and details the charges against R. Kelly's first court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on February 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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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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)

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 …