Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Texts: Chicago prosecutor called Smollett 'washed up celeb'

Texts: Chicago prosecutor called Smollett 'washed up celeb'

Was Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx actually recused from the Jussie Smollett criminal case after she publicly declared she was? The messages were sent after the star was indicted by a grand jury for charges related to staging a hate crime against himself.

The text could prove that Foxx had a heavy hand in deciding that Smollett's charges were excessive enough to drop altogether.

Foxx texted Magats that morning to tell him she'd just gotten a call from Johnson, and that the superintendent seemed "satisfied" with her explanation that Smollett's deal was "essentially deterred (sic) prosecution".

Text messages reveal what Foxx really thought of Smollett and showed that she was concerned how the optics of the case reflected on her office.

But she weighed in on March 8, sending a text to her first assistant that said: "Pedophile with 4 victims, 10 counts".

Smollett, who is openly gay, was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of staging a January 29 hate crime attack on himself. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should".


The texts indicate the "recused" Foxx saw no point in charging the actor who claimed two men put a noose around his neck and poured a chemical on him. He had been charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police about being the victim of a hate crime. Cops concluded he lied and paid two brothers to stage the whole thing. Police insist he staged the attack.

In other communications obtained by CNN through an open records request, Foxx suggested the charges against Smollett were over exaggerated. "16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A", Foxx wrote in her messages.

"Yeah...it's not who we want to be", Foxx responded. Prosecutors, last month, argued that Foxx never formally recused herself amid questions over her office's decision to drop the charges against Smollett.

Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April. 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. "I will continue to uphold these guiding principles".

The trove of documents released also shows that, two days before charges were dropped, prosecutors received letters of support for Smollett from the Black AIDS Institute, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition and The City Lights Orchestra, citing his activism and community service. Emanuel's administration has sued to try to force Smollett to reimburse Chicago for the more than $130,000 in overtime police expenses spent investigating the alleged hoax even though all the charges against the "Empire" actor were dropped.

In a statement Tuesday night, Foxx claimed she was speaking generally and not about Smollett's case.

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