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Prosecutor's Texts: 'Empire' Star Is Washed -Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops

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Julia Gonzales | 17 April, 2019, 19:41

About two weeks before charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx texted her staff dismissing Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops" who was being charged too harshly.

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.

Kim Foxx's office dropped all charges against the actor in March who was accused of lying about being the victim of a hate crime. But the texts show she weighed in on March 8, sending a text to her first assistant suggesting Smollett had been overcharged.

"(A pedophile) with 4 victims 10 counts.

Smollett, who is openly gay, was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of staging a January 29 hate crime attack on himself. Smollett maintains his innocence.

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. The texts indicate her recusal did not stop her from being involved in the case. He claimed to have been attacked by two men, both of whom he hired to beat him and shout racial and homosexual slurs.

Despite claiming to have recused herself from the case, a Cook County spokesperson admitted last month that Foxx only did so in a "colloquial", but not in a "legal sense".

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Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April. 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

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

She wrote: "So... I'm recused, but when people accuse of overcharging cases..."

CBS Chicago has reported Smollett also directed the brothers to buy the noose at a hardware store and the hat and masks at a store in Uptown.

After the indictment became public, I reached out to Joe to discuss reviewing office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of appropriate charging authority. "I will continue to uphold these guiding principle". She said Johnson seemed "satisfied" with her explanation that Smollett had completed community service and turned over his $10,000 bond money to the city. Emanuel's administration has sued to try to force Smollett to reimburse Chicago for the more than $130,000 in overtime police expenses spent investigating the alleged hoax even though all the charges against the "Empire" actor were dropped.

However, Magats made it clear, "I do not believe he is innocent".

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