CHICAGO (CBS) — Attorneys for former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett say if the city doesn’t drop a civil case against the actor they will depose some familiar names and others.

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They include former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and some police detectives.

After criminal charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped in March, Chicago sued the actor for $130,000 to recoup the cost of the investigation into what Smollett claimed was a racially motivated attack.

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Police say the incident was staged.

Smollett’s attorneys say the city hasn’t shown a direct link between alleged false statements and how much the investigation cost.

They also contend investigating officers could have done their jobs without overtime.

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Employees from the city’s budget department are also on the potential deposition list.