The Law Department will file the suit in the near future.
"The city feels this is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect to help offset the costs of the investigation", McCaffrey said at the time.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the actor's $10,000 bond "doesn't even come close to what the city spent in resources" investigating Smollett's alleged hoax.
Chicago threatened to prosecute Smollett, 36, for making a false statement in a letter on March 28 to his attorneys if he didn't pay the city $130,000 within seven days. Smollett also said the men placed a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him, according to police.
There will be no criminal trial on that question after Cook County prosecutors last week dropped all 16 felony counts against Smollett, saying they believed they could prove the charges but that it wasn't worth the time and expense.More news: Verizon Just Launched Its 5G Wireless Service a Week Earlier Than Expected
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A spokeswoman for Smollett's legal team didn't have an immediate comment on Thursday. "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 statement read.
Additionally, Smollett's attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, also accused Chicago officials of carrying out a smear campaign against her client.
Smollett admitted no wrongdoing, but he did agree to do some community service before charges were dropped. "The facts are clear".
The name of Tina Tchen, who worked as Obama's chief of staff and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been the center of speculation as it was revealed that Tchen, 63, had been texting with Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx amid the investigation. No one was hurt - that is, physically, killed, shot - he never committed a crime before, he forfeited the bail and it's this kind of situation where they close the case all over the country every day.
"This has been an incredibly hard time", he continued.
Taraji expressed sympathy for the singer-songwriter, adding that everyone has problems in life, but when someone has achieved celebrity status, one's life is continuously under the microscope. "I just wouldn't. Now I'd like nothing more than to get back to work and move on with my life".