State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Calls R. Kelly ‘Pedophile’ And Jussie Smollett ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied’ In Texts
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is telling us how she really feels – even though she initially only told her top deputy Joseph Magats. Texts released Tuesday reveal that Foxx called Empire star Jussie Smollett “a washed up celeb who lied to cops” and embattled singer R. Kelly a “pedophile,” reported ABC News.
Foxx sent the texts after Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly committing fraud by staging a hate crime and lying to the police. Although she recused herself from Smollett’s case, Foxx still communicated with Magats, who she delegated the case to, according to the Today Show.
Despite her statements about Smollett’s character, the texts revealed Foxx felt her office may have been too hard on Smollett, reported the New York Times.
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“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A,” Foxx texted. “Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should,” she added.
All of the charges were dropped against Smollett, much to the dismay of Chicago’s mayor, police chief and other officials. As a condition, Smollett was asked to forfeit his $10,000 bond and perform community service. The City of Chicago also asked Smollett to reimburse it for the money it spent investigating his claim.
The City recently sued Smollett for non-compliance to their demands. While the suit against Smollett awaits due process, Foxx isn’t faring well in the court of public opinion.