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Prosecutors’ texts show Foxx involved in Smollett case after recusal

17 April 2019, 04:10 | Elsie Buchanan

Cook County State's attorney Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx referred to Jussie Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops", according to her text messages, which were released Tuesday by her office.

"Pedophile with victims 10 counts".

The messages were among almost 200 pages of screenshots of texts exchanged between Foxx and her top staff, included alongside more than 3,600 pages of emails - and a 36-page spreadsheet detailing records the office determined could not be released to the public because records in Smollett's case were sealed the day the charges were dropped.

Smollett found himself at the center of an global media firestorm after he reported being the victim of a January 29 attack by two people who shouted slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck.

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She wrote: "So... I'm recused, but when people accuse of overcharging cases..."

There was no smoking gun but the documents showed Foxx was kept in the loop on - and commented to her staff about - a case in which she publicly claimed to have recused herself.

Foxx has said she's open to an outside review of how her office handled the case.

The texts were included in thousands of pages of texts and emails related to the Smollett case released by the State's Attorney's Office late Tuesday.

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A lawyer for Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox's "Empire", said the actor "vehemently denies" accusations of making false statements to police and "will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum".

A short time later, a spokeswoman texted back to say she had notified a Police Department spokesman who would notify Superintendent Eddie Johnson. In exchange, Smollett forfeited a $10,000 bond and agreed to community service. 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". The timeline includes a 41-point, blow-by-blow description, from when Smollett first met the Osundario brothers - the purported attackers - in the fall of 2017 until the final allegation that Smollett continued to be in contact with the brothers days after the alleged attack.

However, Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference that morning slamming the decision - "a whitewash of justice", the mayor said. City officials since have filed a civil lawsuit, seeking to collect more than $130,000 spent on police overtime for investigators handling the case. She said her office routinely agrees to diversion deals.

Foxx has faced mounting pressure to explain in more detail why the prosecution of Smollett was so quickly abandoned.

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Nonetheless, charges against Smollett were announced the next day, and a grand jury indictment was handed up two weeks later. She called on the Cook County Inspector General to take a look.



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