It’s the case that keeps on going and going and going. After alleging that he had been a victim of a racial bigoted attack, the tables turned on Jussie Smollett and he was charged with 16 counts of filing a false police report. After weeks of speculation about the case, those charges were dropped by the state and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx found herself under fire.
Now, text messages and emails allegedly written by Kim are coming under scrutiny. CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar posted some of those texts on Twitter and they are not complimentary to Jussie.
In his post, Charlie writes, “Texts messages from State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to staff about two weeks before charges were dropped on Jussie Smollett. Refers to Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops.” Texts obtained through FOIA request.”
Kim talks about the 16 counts against Jussie being a bit excessive. She allegedly writes, “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
Another text reads, “Sooo…I’m recused but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A.”
Kim recused herself from the Jussie Smollett case after text messages showed Tina Tchen, a friend of Jussie and Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, reached out to Kim.
Texts messages from State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to staff about two weeks before charges were dropped on Jussie Smollett.
Refers to Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops.”
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) April 16, 2019
Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” actor, who was facing 16 felony counts of “Disorderly Conduct /Filing a False Police Report.” Following the news, Jussie spoke out in a press conference.
“First of all, I want to thank my family my friends the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me supported me and showed me so much love. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me and I will forever be grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family our lives or the movement through a fire like this.”
State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, told the police that she dropped the case because Jussie would only receive community service if convicted and he already served community service. Perhaps the texts reveal more.