(WBBM) -- The city of Chicago has now formally filed a lawsuit against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett in hopes of recovering $130,000 in costs police say they incurred investigating what they call a hate-crime hoax.
The city recently sent Smollett a bill connected to its investigation of his claim that two men jumped him in Streeterville in January during one of the coldest nights of the year.
The Cook County State's Attorney's office dropped disorderly charges against Smollett in a controversial decision three weeks ago, as part of an "alternative" prosecution it says it offers some non-violent offenders.
Smollett insisted he was innocent of any wrongdoing, angering Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has indicated pursuing a legal judgment against Smollett is not a high priority.