Jussie Smollett — Prosecutor Kim Foxx Called Actor A ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied To Cops’ In Text Messages, Complained Charges Were Too Harsh
The prosecutor in Jussie Smollett’s case is facing even more backlash. After dropping the 16-count felony charges against him for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being assaulted, Kim Foxx’s, personal text messages about the case have gone viral. The Chicago Tribune requested thousands of text messages via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and some of said messages from Foxx were very revealing, according to reports.
Two weeks before she dropped the charges, she sent a text to the First Assistant State’s Attorney, Joseph Magats, and spoke on her decision to recuse herself from the case. In her text, she compared the 4-count charges against R. Kelly, who is accused of sexually assaulting women and minors, to the 16 counts Smollett was charged with.
“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A. Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar posted screenshots of the messages on Twitter.
As for why she was talking to staffers like Magats about the case, Foxx previously said,
“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. I was elected to bring criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency, and discretion. I will continue to uphold these guiding principles.”
Smollett was charged with the 16 counts after allegedly filed a false police report.
He claimed he had been attacked by two White men, and hinted that they were supporters of President Donald Trump, who later said the whole ordeal was an “embarrassment.”
In his report, Smollett said the men yelled homophobic and racial slurs toward him, while screaming, “This is MAGA country,” referring to Trump’s statement, “Make America Great Again.”
Interestingly enough, Smollett also sat down with Robin Roberts and said he believed he was attacked because of his very public issues with Trump.
Still, it was later revealed that the two men police believe attacked him were Nigerian brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who had ties to Smollett and the hit FOX show, Empire, which Smollett stars in.
After an investigation, the Chicago Police Department released a statement saying they were convinced Smollett made the whole thing up. He was charged with 16 felony counts.
But it was Foxx who ultimately dropped the charges against him. Smollett maintained his innocence in a statement.
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