Prosecutor's Texts: 'Empire' Star Is Washed -Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops

Tabitha Dunn
April 17, 2019

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx referred to Jussie Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops", according to her text messages, which were released Tuesday by her office. The messages were sent after the star was indicted by a grand jury for charges related to staging a hate crime against himself.

Foxx compared Smollett's case to her office's pending indictments against R&B singer R. Kelly in text messages to Joseph Magats, her top assistant, on March 8.

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

The newly released texts raise further questions about her public claims that she had withdrawn from the case.

"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. "On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally", Foxx wrote. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should", Foxx went on to tell Magats. He claimed to have been attacked by two men, both of whom he hired to beat him and shout racial and homosexual slurs. Cops concluded he lied and paid two brothers to stage the whole thing.

Still, the city of Chicago sued Smollett for an additional $130,000 last week to recoup the costs of the investigation into his alleged attack.

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In other communications obtained by CNN through an open records request, Foxx suggested the charges against Smollett were over exaggerated.

She wrote: "So... I'm recused, but when people accuse of overcharging cases..."

The texts also show that Foxx may have improperly inserted herself into conversations about the case, since she was recused.

Foxx's office dropped all charges with little explanation later that month, sparking immediate criticism from Chicago's police chief and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called the decision "a whitewash of justice". He had been arrested in February for lying about the attack.

"After the indictment became public, I reached out to Joe to discuss reviewing office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of appropriate charging authority", Foxx said.

She later said she didn't recuse herself in the legal sense of the word, because there was no actual conflict, but simply separated herself from the case out of an abundance of caution. Apparently he's coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet. Instead, law enforcement said Smollett orchestrated a hoax. "I will continue to uphold these guiding principle". In exchange, Smollett forfeited a $10,000 bond and agreed to community service.

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