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CHICAGO (AP) — Text messages show the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a “washed up celeb” who was overcharged.

The office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday in response to media requests.

Smollett was initially charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he’d been the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in January. Police insist he staged the attack.

Foxx said in February that she was recusing herself. But she weighed in on March 8, sending a text to her first assistant that said: “Pedophile with 4 victims, 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16.”

Prosecutors dropped all charges later that month with little explanation.

Foxx’s office declined to release internal Smollett case files, noting the case had been sealed by a judge.

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4 thoughts on “Chicago Prosecutor Called Smollett ‘Washed Up Celeb’

  1. Ted Gravely on said:

    Foxx is/was absolutely correct. They overcharged Jussie for a low level felony. That’s how you lose credibility and it looks personal. It’s also crazy that public officials don’t realize that in the course of performing their duties using official government devices – all communique is public domain. Stop texting and emailing. However, it doesn’t provide for a great laugh. She called R a Pedophile and Jussie washed up. That sista would get my vote again. Now you see why Jussie didn’t turn over his phone. They would have already leaked things that weren’t relevant to the case.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      This is now nothing more than a vendetta against Jussie Smollett, 16 felony charges for a non violent crime and a offender with no criminal record is ridiculous. Nobody told the dummies to pour 6 figures into an investigation of a low level offense. Serves them right I hope they don’t get a dime.

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