Prosecutor Kim Foxx called Jussie Smollett a & # 39; washed up celeb who lied to police & # 39; and told her deputy prosecutor that the actor of the empire was overloaded in newly published texts two weeks after she had recovered herself & # 39; had sent
She sent in messages weeks after she had convicted herself of the case Foxx wrote to Joe Magats, the prosecutor from whom she had handed over the case, and who seemed to compare Smollett's charges with those of another known suspect, R. Kelly .
She said: & # 39; Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts.
& # 39; Excited celeb who lied to the police, 16. & # 39;
She referred to the charges against the 16th grand jury that Smollett had beaten because he allegedly carried out a hoax attack on 29 January.
Foxx went further: & # 39; Regarding a case that qualifies for postponed prosecution, I think it is an indication of something that we should generally look at.
& # 39; Just because we can charge something does not mean that we have to do it. & # 39;
& # 39; Agreed & # 39 ;, Magats replied.
The case against Smollett, 36, was suddenly and unexpectedly challenged by the Foxx office last month, and the questions surrounding Foxx's alleged role in that decision have since ramped up.
Magats said afterwards in an interview that he still believed Smollett was guilty. Foxx claimed it was never her decision to drop the charge in exchange for Smollett who handed over $ 10,000 in bail money or completed community service.
Now she faces increasing calls to resign.
Thousands of texts and emails about the case were announced Tuesday by the prosecutor's office Kim Foxx as the criticism of her handling of the case grew.
They were given to the Chicago Tribune as part of a request for information.
They show how a group of staff members worried about media coverage of the case, regularly sharing news articles with each other in a group that & # 39; Foxxhole & # 39; was called.
Foxx & # 39; considered & # 39; herself from the case after it appeared that she had exchanged text messages with the family of a member of Smollett in the days following the incident. At their request, she tried to pass the case on to the FBI, but failed.
Other texts, which were unveiled on Tuesday evening, show that the staff exchanged messages in a group called & # 39; Foxxhole & # 39; where they were concerned about media coverage of the case
When Smollett was arrested on February 21, prosecutors said it was a & # 39; complete shock & # 39; used to be. They accused the police station of & # 39; leaks & # 39; to the press and shared articles that they thought had come from within
After the allegations were dropped, the office staff began to receive inquiries about the press's demanding answers. Keira Ellis, one of the communication teams, told colleagues & # 39; s: & # 39; Good speed you of you & # 39;
While at the time she announced that she was reworking herself, she has since said that she is going to use it in an & # 39; meaning instead of a & # 39; legal meaning & # 39; and that it was more of an informal decision to move away from & # 39; rather than completely withdraw from it.
In messages sent two weeks before that decision, Foxx, who has since made repeated resignation calls for her handling of the case, writes: & # 39; Sooo …… I am recused, but when people accuse us of overloading things … 16 count on class 4 to become exhibition A.
She continues: & # 39; Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Ordinary celeb who lied to the police, 16. & # 39;
Magats replies: & # 39; Yes. I can see where that can be seen as an exaggeration. & # 39;
Further messages show that Foxx & # 39; yes … it's not who we want to be & # 39; replies to a message from her colleague Magats that he has a & # 39; hard look & # 39; will take into account how we charge things.
Magats writes: & # 39; I get Risa and Jim. With him taking over we can look hard at how we take things into account and get into something that relates to what needs to be covered without being over the top and ultimately meaningless. & # 39;
Risa is considered prosecutor Risa Lanier, it is not known to whom Jim refers.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Foxx said: “After the charge became public, I contacted Joe to discuss office policies to ensure consistency in our charging and use of the appropriate taxing authority.
& # 39; I have been chosen to bring about criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency and discretion. I continue to uphold these guiding principles. & # 39;