Smollett’s lawyer warns Chicago not to sue ‘Empire’ actor

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FILE – In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A deadline is looming for Smollett to pay over $130,000 to Chicago to cover part of the costs of an investigation into his report of a […]

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for Jussie Smollett is warning that if Chicago sues the “Empire” actor for the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was attacked, he’ll demand sworn testimony from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the police chief and others.

In a letter obtained by the Chicago Tribune , Mark Geragos says Smollett “will not be intimidated into paying” the $130,000.

Geragos says if the city follows through on its threat Thursday to sue Smollett , he’ll demand sworn depositions from Emanuel, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the two brothers who told police Smollett paid them to “attack” him.

In January, Smollett reported he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack . Weeks later, he was charged with lying to police. Last month, prosecutors made the stunning announcement that they were dropping the charges .

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