A Chicago-based state assemblyman is so angry at Jussie Smollett he’s introduced a bill that would punish any film company that does business with the actor in Illinois.
Under the bill, TV or movie production companies that hire the Empire actor would forfeit state tax credits they’d otherwise be entitled to, said state Rep. Michael McAuliffe, a Republican.
“A lot of valuable Chicago Police Department man hours and resources were wasted chasing down a bogus crime arranged by Smollett,” McAuliffe said in a statement announcing the proposed legislation.
“Hate crimes are serious and so is the time and effort of the CPD,” he said of the police department. “He has cost Chicago a lot more than a $10,000 bond. Smollett should not be able to get anything more from the City of Chicago or Illinois.”
Illinois offers a significant, 30 percent film tax credit, with an additional 15 percent bonus added for filming in high-poverty areas, McAuliffe said.
“Where the City of Chicago is concerned, Jussie Smollett is far from exonerated,” the congressman added.
“While the State’s Attorney has chosen not to pursue justice in this case, we need to send a message that Smollett’s actions are not a reflection of the values we have in Chicago, and won’t be tolerated. His accusations and lies caused a lot of pain to all Chicagoans.”
Chicago’s police department has also lashed out financially against Smollett, announcing Thursday that it would send him a bill for the cost of the investigation.
City prosecutors had announced on Tuesday that they’d dropped all charges against the accused hate-crime hoaxer.
In January, the star, who is black and gay, had claimed that two masked men beat him and hung a rope noose around his neck in a brutal bias attack. He was soon accused of orchestrating the “stunt” because he was dissatisfied with his $65,000-per-episode salary.