Loni Love On Conversation With Jussie Smollett: He's "Going Through It"

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx described actor Jussie Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops" in texts to her staff.

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts".

She goes on to compare Smollett's case with that of singer R. Kelly.

Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report after staging a racist and homophobic attack, telling police two white men beat him up, poured a chemical substance on him and tied a noose around his neck, with one yelling "This is MAGA country". The decision to drop charges sparked outrage, and was followed by a civil suit by the city of Chicago against Smollett seeking to force the actor to reimburse the city for police department overtime expenses.

"Soo.... I'm recused, but when people start accusing us of overcharging cases..."

Foxx announced to her staff that she was recusing herself from the case on February 13 and had turned Smollett's prosecution over to her top deputy.

He told the CBS Chicago station that he did not believe that Smollett was innocent but "based on all facts and circumstances of the case, and also keeping in mind resources and keeping in mind that the office's number one priority is to combat violent crime and the drivers of violence, I chose to offer this disposition in the case".

Joseph Magats, the First Assistant in the State's Attorney's office, ultimately made the decision not to prosecute the case.

In addition, it appeared the prosecutors' office notified Chicago police only moments before the charges were dropped as reporters were already gathering in the courtroom - tipped off by a publicist for Smollett's legal team.

"Eddie just called. (He) needed to know how to answer questions from press", Foxx texted Magats, referring to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Citing a court order sealing all records in the case, the office did not turn over a flurry of emails exchanged among Criminal Division chief Risa Lanier and Smollett's Chicago-based attorney Patricia Brown Holmes over about three days before the charges were dismissed, nor hundreds of other emails and text messages requested by the Chicago Sun-Times and other media organizations.

However, Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference that morning slamming the decision - "a whitewash of justice", the mayor said. As ABC News puts it, "The newly revealed correspondence between Foxx and her employees raises questions about the role she may have played in the case after said recusal".

Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Smollett. Last week the city of Chicago sued Smollett for more than $130,000 in costs to cover the investigation. She said her office routinely agrees to diversion deals. Apparently he's coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet.



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