Even though Chicago prosecutors dropped charges against Jussie Smollett, they want him to pay the city back for the investigation into his claims he was a victim of a hate crime.
The city's corporation counsel wants Smollett to pay more than $130,000 in expenses used by the city during the investigation. And it threatened him with potential legal action if he doesn't pay up in the next week.
In an earlier statement, Smollett's defense team said, "It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud."
The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association questioned the Chicago prosecutors who dropped Smollett's case, saying the lawyers had "fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal."
The statement from the group called the case's resolution "abnormal and unfamiliar to those who practice law." It also said a special prosecutor should have been appointed after Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case due to familiarity with a potential witness.
Foxx said she believes her office could have gotten a guilty verdict had the case not been dismissed. But she added that ultimately the punishment in that case would not have been substantially different from the deal that the actor ended up taking. Smollett agreed to forfeit the money he paid for bail, $10,000, and complete community service assigned to him.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.