Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Jussie Smollett Loses Lead Role On Broadway Following Alleged Hate Crime Hoax

Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx thought ‘washed up celeb’ Jussie Smollett was overcharged in hate crime investigation seems to compare it to R. Kelly indictment Jussie Smollett has been accused of lying to police and making up a hate crime
Charles Bowen | 17 April, 2019, 12:04

New text messages reveal that Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx was meddling in the Jussie Smollett case weeks after she claimed she'd recused herself - complaining that the "washed up celeb" faced too many charges. "16 counts on a class 4 [felony] becomes exhibit A".

When asked why the state's attorney continued to communicate about the case after her withdrawal, a spokeswoman issued a statement Tuesday night on Foxx's behalf saying she reached out to Magats only "to discuss reviewing office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of appropriate charging authority". Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. "I can see where that can be seen as excessive".

Foxx announced to her staff that she was recusing herself from the case on February 13 and had turned Smollett's prosecution over to her top deputy.

"Yeah...it's not who we want to be", Foxx responded.

Foxx went on in those texts to Magats to compare Smollett's case to the office's pending indictment of R&B singer R. Kelly on 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Magats then texted that he'd get with some other members of the state's attorney's office and "take a hard look at how we charge the cases and get it to something that covers what needs to be covered without being excessive and ultimately pointless".

Late Tuesday, Foxx's office made public thousands of internal texts and emails on the Smollett case in response to public-records requests by the Tribune.

Foxx said she told Johnson that Smollett's charges were dismissed since he completed community service and turned over his bond money - $10,000 - to the city.

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It all comes after Smollett's alleged hate crime hoax and in light of him being sued by the city of Chicago after he failed to pay $130,106 for what he cost the city investigating the alleged hoax. On Feb. 19, the state's attorney said she recused herself "out of an abundance of caution".

Nonetheless, charges against Smollett were announced the next day, and a grand jury indictment was handed up two weeks later.

In that same op-ed she said she'd "welcome an outside, nonpolitical review of how we handled this matter". Eddie Johnson to turn the case over to federal investigators.

In a March 1 message, Foxx asks Magats "How was this morning's meeting?"

Other texts showed prosecutor were blindsided by the response they got following their decision to drop the charges.

Smollett reportedly participated in a reading for the part just 12 hours before he claimed he was attacked on the streets of his home in Chicago by two men who he said threw a rope around his neck and poured a bleach-like substance on him.

The text messages also appeared to show that prosecutors notified Chicago police moments before the charges were dropped against Smollett, the Tribune reported.

"Eddie just called. (He) needed to know how to answer questions from press", Foxx texted Magats, referring to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

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