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Chicago seeking $130K from Jussie Smollett for cost of hate crime investigation

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A city official says Chicago is seeking $130,000 from “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to cover the costs of the investigation into his reported beating, which police say was staged.

Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city government’s legal department, confirmed the amount Thursday, hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would try to recoup the money it spent on the investigation.

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A timeline of the Jussie Smollett investigation – Mar 29, 2019

Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all of the charges against Smollett, who was accused of lying to police about being the victim of a homophobic and racist attack in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29.

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Emanuel and the police department blasted the decision to drop the charges, saying they stand by their belief that Smollett hired two friends to help him stage the attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted publicity.

WATCH: Chicago prosecutor defends her department’s decision to drop Jussie Smollett charges

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Chicago prosecutor defends her department’s decision to drop Jussie Smollett charges – Mar 27, 2019

Smollett has maintained throughout that he is innocent.

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