Now, people are speculating that R. Kelly's case will be affected due to the Smollett phenomenon.
"Jaconson then called on Chicagoans to accept the decision of prosecutors to let Smollett off the hook". If Smollett attempts to fight the suit, the case will play out in court: a judge will rule whether or not the Empire star faked his attack before deciding if he is required to pay restitution to the city of Chicago.
On Thursday, the city of Chicago sent Smollett a letter demanding $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into his January 29 attack, which police claim he staged with two Nigerian brothers. "For a variety of reasons.my office believed the likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain".
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"There were specific aspects of the evidence and testimony presented to the office that would have made securing a conviction against Smollett uncertain", Foxx wrote. It wasn't clear which public statements from officials she was referring to, but it may have included comments made by Johnson during a press conference announcing Smollett's arrest. Weeks later, the case took a turn when brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo accused him of paying them to stage the attack, and now city officials want the 36-year-old to cover the costs spent on the nearly two-month probe.
The investigation into the alleged attack has taken several turns, with Smollett himself eventually being charged in connection with falsifying the attack.
"It's Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax", Superintendent Johnson angrily said, immediately after being told of the decision.
"Yes, falsely reporting a hate crime makes me angry, and anyone who does that deserves the community's outrage", Foxx wrote.
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