Ouch. Cook County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx described Empire actor Jussie Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops” in texts messages released Tuesday by her workplace in response to a public-records request by the Chicago Tribune.
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 rated assistant, on March eight, the paper reported
“Pedophile with four victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts),” she wrote. “… Just since we can charge some thing does not imply we ought to.”
“On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I assume it is indicative of some thing we ought to be hunting at typically,” Foxx continued.
Jussie Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he told the truth in alleging that two masked guys attacked him, yelling racist and anti-gay insults slurs. The actor also claimed that the assailants wrapped a rope about his neck and screamed, “This is MAGA nation,” just before fleeing.
The eyebrow-raising messages had been obtained by means of a Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) request by CBS Chicago.
The texts also show Foxx’s workplace struggled to handle a tsunami of media requests following the charges had been dropped against Smollett.
“Just want I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit much better,” Risa Lanier, Cook County Assistant State’s Lawyer, wrote in 1 message.
In a statement Tuesday, Foxx mentioned she contacted Initially Assistant Cook County State’s Lawyer Joseph Magats following Smollett’s indicted to “discuss reviewing workplace policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of proper charging authority.”
“I was elected to bring criminal justice reform and that involves intentionality, consistency, and discretion. I will continue to uphold these guiding principles,” she added.
Foxx’s workplace decided to drop all charges against Empire actor Smollett, who was accused of staging his personal hate crime.