State’s Attorney Kim Foxx continued to meddle in the Jussie Smollett case after ‘recusing’ herself, calling him a ‘washed up celeb who lied to cops’ and telling the prosecutor she had handed the case over to that he was being overcharged just two weeks before the case was dropped, new documents have revealed.
In messages sent weeks after she recused herself from the case Foxx wrote to Joe Magats, the prosecutor who she had handed the case over to, and appeared to compare Smollett’s charges to those leveled at another celebrity defendant, R. Kelly.
She said: ‘Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts.
‘Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16.’
She was referring to the 16 count grand jury indictment Smollett was hit with for allegedly staging a hoax attack on himself on January 29.
Foxx went on: ‘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.’
‘Agreed’, Magats replied.
The case against Smollett, 36, was suddenly and unexpectedly dropped last month by Foxx’s office in questionable circumstances and questions surrounding Foxx’s alleged role in that decision have run rampant since.
Magats said during an interview afterwards that he still believed Smollett was guilty. Foxx claimed it was never her decision to have the charges dropped in exchange for Smollett surrendering $10,000 in bail money or completing community service.
Now, she is facing mounting calls to resign.
Thousands of texts and emails about the case were made public by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office Tuesday as criticism of her handling of the case grew.
They were given to The Chicago Tribune as part of an information request.
They reveal how a group of staff fretted over the media coverage of the case, routinely sharing news articles with one another in a group called ‘Foxxhole’.
Foxx ‘recused’ herself from the case after it emerged she had exchanged text messages with a member Smollett’s family in the days after the incident. She tried, at their request, to get the case handed over to the FBI but failed.
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Source: Daily Mail