Jussie Smollett faces deadline to pay city of Chicago $130,000 Jussie Smollett has reached a critical deadline today in a case that made national headlines. Chicago officials are waiting on the actor to pay $130,000 for an investigation of a hate crime they say he staged. If Smollett does not pay up he faces a civil lawsuit. Jussie Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts in the case, but those charges were dropped last month. Should Jussie pay the investigation fee?