Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office released hundreds of internal text messages and emails relating to the Jussie Smollett case.
In the messages, Kim expressed frustration over what she thought were excessive charges but she also very much so considered him guilty.
Here, Foxx opines to a staffer that the 16 felony counts against Jussie Smollett were "overcharging" when the indictment for the "washed up actor" was compared to R. Kelly "a pedo with 4 victims." pic.twitter.com/3Nlx51FdZl
— Andy Grimm (@agrimm34) April 17, 2019
The documents obtained the Chicago Tribune include a text conversation between Foxx and First Assistant Joseph Magats. The messages were sent on March 8, shortly before authorities announced Smollett’s 16-count indictment.
“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A,” she wrote.
After Magats agreed that the indictment could be viewed as “excessive,” Foxx underscored her concerns by comparing Smollett’s indictment to R. Kelly’s sexual abuse case.
“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts),” she wrote. “… Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should … It’s not who we want to be.”
You can see screenshots of the text conversation, posted by TMZ, here.
The publication also posted a response from Foxx. “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,” the statement, which was given by a spokeswoman, reads. “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 slapped with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report about an alleged assault that occurred Jan. 29 in Chicago. The Empire star told authorities he had been attacked by two masked white men who shouted racist, homophobic slurs and a reference to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. Law enforcement began investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, but after conducting a number of interviews and reviewing phone records, bank statements, and surveillance video, authorities concluded Smollett had lied about the attack.
“And why? The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a February press conference.
It doesn’t look like news pertaining to this case will be dying down anytime soon.