Private text messages released as part of a FOIA request from the New York Post show that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx continued to meddle in the Jussie Smollett case even after she “recused” herself.
The text messages also show that Foxx believed Smollett, whom she referred to as a “washed up celeb,” was guilty of lying to police about his fake hate crime.
In a series of messages exchanged with First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joe Magats, Foxx interferes to get the outcome she wants in the case.
“Sooo …… I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases … 16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A,” Foxx wrote at the start of the exchange,” Foxx wrote.
“Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive,” Magats responded.
Foxx then apparently compares singer R. Kelly’s sexual abuse charges to Smollett’s felony charges for faking the hate crime.
“Pedophile with 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,” Foxx added. “Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
“Agreed,” Magats replied. “I’ll get with Risa and Jim. With him taking over we can 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.”
Seemingly satisfied, Foxx wrote back: “Yeah…it’s not who we want to be.”
Two weeks later, Smollett was allowed to walk away with not even a slap on the wrist after he faked a hate crime against himself and claimed two white Trump supporters attacked him. Two Nigerian brothers have since admitted to carrying out the attack at the direction of Smollett.
Though there are obviously more serious charges, many Americans wanted to see Smollett face justice as faking hate crimes is a serious offense and does harm to actual victims of hate crimes.
This time, Smollett's Hollywood privilege got him off the hook.