State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Calls R. Kelly ‘Pedophile’ And Jussie Smollett ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied’ In Texts

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx texted her top deputy her true feelings about Empire star Jussie Smollett and singer R. Kelly.

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.

About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at