State Attorney Foxx Called Smollett A ‘Washed-Up Celeb Who Lied To Cops’

Angelo Anderson
April 17, 2019

"Sooo.... I'm recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases.16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A", Foxx texted Magats, according to documents released on Tuesday.

"Pedophile with victims 10 counts".

Foxx made the comment to her top deputy, Joseph Magats, on March 8, just as news surfaced that the actor had been indicted on 16 counts for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked in a hate crime.

Foxx defended her communication with Magats about her concerns with the case, even though she recused herself.

"Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!" texted Assistant State's Attorney Risa Lanier to Magats.

Numerous text messages and emails released detail how the State's Attorneys office responded to the furor after the charges were dropped and defended their decision by releasing data on other cases.

Prosecutors dropped all charges later that month with little explanation.

The text messages were revealed in a trove of text messages and emails released on Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

But they do put Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx back in the hot seat.

Foxx and Magats continued to discuss the case, including the news that embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti wanted to join the defense.

Foxx's office issued a statement recusing her on February 19, though they later claimed she "did not formally recuse herself".

That decision created a firestorm of protest from local officials.

The newly released texts raise further questions about her public claims that she had withdrawn from the case.

(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Jussie Smollett waves as he follows his attorney after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago.

The decision to drop the charges triggered harsh criticism from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

While the prosecutors have the power to drop charges for any reason, Smollett's deal did not, in fact, conform to state laws on deferred prosecution, and Smollett appeared to have spent two days volunteering with Rainbow PUSH.

The materials shed light into the frustrations and pressure that Foxx's office was facing as it handled the Smollett case. "Paying $10k restitution to city, and completed community service". In an op-ed in the Tribune, she backed off her office's initial stance that the case was strong, writing that they were uncertain of a conviction, but she offered no specifics. Last week the city of Chicago sued Smollett for more than $130,000 in costs to cover the investigation.

Smollett was initially charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he'd been the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in January. She called on the Cook County Inspector General to take a look.

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