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Judge to decide whether to unseal Jussie Smollett court file

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Judge to decide whether to unseal Jussie Smollett court file

The court file for the Jussie Smollett case was sealed, but now a judge will weigh whether to unseal the file or not next month after several media organization requested access or the documents.

Meanwhile, Jussie Smollett missed his given Thursday deadline to pay back the Chicago police department for expenses involved in investigating the fake hate crime.

Bill McCaffrey – a spokesperson for the Department of Law- in response to missing the deadline said that the city of Chicago will be taking legal action.

“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019,” McCaffrey said. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.”

The city of Chicago has also threatened a lawsuit but Smollett’s lawyers responded in a letter on Thursday saying Jussie would not be paying back the police department the $130,000 requested.

“Mr. Smollett vehemently denies making any false statement to the City of Chicago, or to any individuals investigating” the alleged attack, attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement to ABC News. “All criminal charges against Mr. Smollett from this incident have been dismissed and his record has been sealed.”​

Geragos said that the Empire actor will “not be intimidated” by “threats that were made maliciously,” adding that it was “defamatory” for the police department to claim Smollett “filed a false police report and orchestrated his own attack.”

The Associated Press reported that Geragos also said if the city follows through, he will be demanding that the police chief testify under oath, as well as depositions from the two brothers who said Smollett paid them to stage the fake hate crime, and all of the paperwork from the police investigation.​

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