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

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

"It's not who we want to be".

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. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should".

Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, had been indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct on charges he staged a hate crime attack on himself. "16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A", Foxx wrote at the start of the exchange.

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.

"Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!"

It appears that CPD officials got far less input into the decision to drop charges against Smollett.

Prosecutors, last month, argued that Foxx never formally recused herself amid questions over her office's decision to drop the charges against Smollett.

"There's really no planning for this", Magats responded. Foxx said the relative was concerned about leaks in the case that came from anonymous sources within "law enforcement" or "police", and Foxx said she had asked CPD Supt.

Jussie Smollett reportedly is out as the lead in a show on Broadway called "Take Me Out" following his alleged hate crime hoax and trouble with the city of Chicago.

In that same op-ed she said she'd "welcome an outside, nonpolitical review of how we handled this matter".

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". Text messages would appear to show Foxx's top deputy, Magats, reached out to Johnson's chief of staff, Robert Boik, the morning of the hearing where Smollett's charges were dropped.

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. The decision to drop charges sparked outrage, and was followed by a civil suit by the city of Chicago against Smollett seeking to force the actor to reimburse the city for police department overtime expenses. Apparently he's coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet.

Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Smollett.

Cook County's Inspector General Patrick Blanchard has begun an investigation into how Foxx's office handled the case.

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