Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Called Jussie Smollett A “Washed Up Actor” In Newly Released Records
It’s official, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is OFF mayor Rahm Emanuel’s holiday card list for good! I’d say that should leave some extra space on her mantle for Jussie Smollett‘s holiday greeting, but I doubt she’ll be receiving one of those either. According to the Chicago Tribune, within the “thousands of internal texts and emails” about the Jussie Smollett case that were just made public, Kim called Jussie a “washed up celeb who lied to cops”, and called out prosecutors for being petty by overcharging him with 16 felony counts. Kim informally recused herself from the case (after having discussed it with a member of his family) before Jussie was charged, but it looks like she was still piping in on the group chat.
Kim was texting her assistant when she made her true feelings about Jussie be known by calling him a washed up celeb and trying to keep her prosecutors in check by comparing his crimes to those of Robert Sylvester Kelly, a case she was responsible for charging.
“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A,” Foxx said in a text message to Joseph Magats, her top assistant, on March 8.
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.
“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts),” she wrote. “… Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
The texts and emails were released after the Tribune made a public records request, but Kim’s office and the Chicago Police Department have “denied outright requests for its internal files” claiming their hands are tied after the judge on Jussie’s case “had agreed to seal the public court file moments after prosecutors dropped all the charges”. Which means we may never know how badly Jussie’s case was handled.
The majority of documents released Tuesday do not deal with the substance of the case and do little to illuminate why prosecutors decided to dismiss the charges so soon after bringing them.
But they show that the office was largely caught flat-footed by the massive response from the news media to its own stunning reversal.
I do have one bone to pick with Kim’s characterization of Jussie. How can he be a washed up celeb if he was hardly even a celebrity to begin with. You have to hit some career highs before you can be considered washed up, and 4th lead on Empire ain’t it.