For US Representative Michael McAuliffe, the acts appear to be louder than the words – which is why the Chicago Republican said he falls back on Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crimes allegations that were dropped with his own legislation.
Lawmakers announced Tuesday that they would file an invoice preventing any television or movie production employing the "Empire" actor from receiving state tax credits. Earlier that day, the state attorney's office of Cook County stated that it was granting Smollett proper professionals and essentially dropping the case.
"Many precious hours and resources spent by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have been wasted pursuing a fake crime by Smollett," McAuliffe said in an online statement Tuesday. "Hate crimes are serious and so is the time and effort of the BPR. He cost Chicago a lot more than a $ 1
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McAuliffe blasted the actor Because he had sparked a" media frenzy "in the last two months, claiming that the Chicago Police Department was "Forced" to use resources to investigate Smollett's allegations that two men beat him up on a cold January night. The city of Chicago sent a letter to Jussie Smollett's lawyer team on Thursday demanding $ 130,000 from the actor. A Spokesman for the City Legal Department told Fox News, while Smollett's lawyers argued that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson "owe him an apology."
"[Those resources] could have dealt better with gun violence and other, very real public security threats," states McAuliffe's office statement.
"As far as the City of Chicago is concerned, Jussie Smollett is far from being relieved"
The representative noted that Chicago's growing influence on the film and television industry increased, and stated that the city offers tax benefits – a film tax credit of 30 percent plus a 15 percent bonus that is available for labor spending in areas of high poverty "- to promote growth in this area." The Fox drama "Empire" in which Smollett is currently filming in Chicago.
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To combat of what he considers unfair in the opinion of the Cook's Attorney's Office regarding the Smollett judgment, he said he would introduce a similar ruling on a production company that is the 36-year-old drama he undertakes to "give up" the state film tax credit or other incentives offered by the US Department of the Treasury of Illinois or the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Commerce.
"Where the City of Chicago is concerned, Jussie Smollett is far from relieved," McAullife said, "While the prosecutor has decided not to pursue justice in this case, we must send a message that Smollett's acts do not reflect the values that we have in Chicago and are not tolerated, and his allegations and lies caused great pain to all the Chicagoers. "
On Thursday, McAuliffe explained to CNN his new bill," Smollett "made Chicago laugh Nation."
"The General Assembly here in Illinois grants a very high tax credit to any production company that wants to film television programs or movies," McAuliffe told the News Network . "And I think someone like … Smollett or somebody else doing the same kind of act should not benefit from the generous, robust tax credit offered by the City of Chicago residents and the taxpayers of the State of Illinois."
Smollett was charged with 16 crimes in connection with his Chicago allegations in early March. He did not plead guilty and was released on Tuesday by the County County Procuratorate. It is also expected that the evidence will remain sealed in the case.
The "Empire" star has maintained his innocence during the investigation, saying he is ready to "just get back to work and continue with his life".
In late February, the executives of "Empire" Show announced that Smollett's character had been cut from the final two episodes of Season 5 during the open investigation. His future in the series is still unclear. However, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment sent a message in support of the actor Tuesday.
"Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are satisfied that all charges against him have been dismissed," the statement said
McAuliffe did not respond promptly on Friday morning asking Fox News for further comments on the legislation ,
Sasha Savitsky of Fox News contributed to this report.