The Chicago State Procuratorate was not prepared to respond to the alleged false hate crime report of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, as thousands of HuffPost
text messages learned about themselves from the case, District County District attorney Kim Foxx called Smollett a "washed-up celebrity" and criticized the number of charges brought against him.
"Well … I'm rejected, but when people blame themselves for over-calculating cases. .. 16 counts for a grade 4 [felony] becomes an exhibit A, "Foxx said on March 8 in a text message to the lawyer of the state's first deputy, Joseph Magats. She sent the message on the same day, when a grand jury accused Smollett of 16 crimes, accusing him of faking a hate crime against himself.
"Pedophile with 4 Victims 10 Counts," continued Foxx, referring to the criminal charges of sexual abuse brought two weeks earlier against the accused pedophile R. Kelly. "Flirty celebrity who lied to cops, 16 counts."
"In a case of deferred indictment, I believe that this suggests something that we should look at in general," she said. "Just because we can charge something does not mean we should."
"We do not want to be," she added later.
The text messages received through a request from the Freedom of Information Act also show that Foxx continued to consult with her team, although she withdrew informally from Smollett's case. She announced that she would no longer be involved in the case after her office announced that she had connections to potential witnesses, a spokesperson for NBC News said at the time. Her refusal turned Magats into the deputy state lawyer for Smollett's case.
In a statement to CNN on Tuesday night, Foxx defended her communication with Magats and her team after their refusal.
Foxx said it is approaching Magats, "to discuss the office policy review, to ensure consistency in our charging and our use of the relevant charge authority. "
" I was elected to carry out the reform of the criminal justice system, including intent, consistency and discretion. I will continue to abide by these principles, "Foxx told CNN.
The charges against Smollett were dropped on March 26, causing indignation and condemning the Chicago police and mayor Rahm Emanuel to complaints. 16 PHOTOS ] Jussie Smollett on FOX's Empire