According to a report from Page Six, text messages reveal that the prosecutor of Chicago, Kim Foxx, was involving herself in the Jussie Smollett case weeks before she had “recused herself” due to the number of charges against him.
On the 19th of February, Foxx issued a statement saying she had left the case, however, it was later claimed that she didn’t do so formally through the traditional process.
Released on Tuesday, text messages from the 8th of March, show Foxx speaking with Joe Magats, the First Assistant Cook County State Attorney, where she said Jussie had been hit with an excessive number of charges and that she had been “recused.”
At the start of the message exchange, the attorney wrote that the 16 felony counts against Smollett were just another example of how the city presses too many charges against suspects. Magats told her that he could see how one would look at the charges as a bit “excessive.”
Foxx went on to compare Jussie Smollett’s case with R. Kelly, who was charged with 10 felony sex-abuse charges. The insinuation was that Jussie was being unfairly charged with too many instances of lying to the police. Moreover, Kim also referred to Smollett as a “washed celeb” who lied to the police whereas Kelly was a pedophile with multiple victims.
Magats then told her, “agreed,” and added they would come up with new charges that weren’t quite as “excessive” as well as “pointless.” Approximately fourteen days later, on the 26th of March, prosecutors then announced they wouldn’t press any charges against the disgraced actor.
Ironically, Magats admitted in the text messages that he doesn’t believe Jussie was innocent. More documents obtained by the outlet show the way in which Jussie was helped by organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute, the Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, as well as The City Lights Orchestra.
As a consequence of Jussie’s alleged actions, the city of Chicago is now suing the actor for overtime hours worked by the police department detectives, valued at approximately $130,000.