When Foxx stepped back from investigating a suspected hate crime in April, she said it was "a wealth of caution." Her office said the move should address potential concerns of impartiality, "based on familiarity with potential witnesses in the case."
The 2000 pages of the newly published prosecutors' documents contained text messages in which Foxx shed light on the controversial decision, writing that she replied to talk about her connection to the Smollett's.
The office's senior ethics officer, April Perry, told Foxx to apologize, Foxx said in a text.
"April told me I had to do it, there were rumors that she claims to be related or close to the Smollett, I told her that was not true, she said it was widely used by CPD and I should use it again I thought it was stupid, but I agree, it's really just racist, "said Foxx.
Smollett had informed the police that on January 29, two assailants labeled him racist and homophobic, tied a rope around his neck, and poured an unknown substance on him.
But after extensive investigation, the Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson Smollett paid $ 3,500 to two brothers to stage the attack and "use the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."
The case was a national news for weeks, and the indictment's dismissal caused critics to accuse Foxx's office of treating Smollett differently because he is a celebrity.
In March, prosecutors announced that they would reject the 1
In another Friday's text message, Foxx wrote: "Regardless of whether Smollett has an official record or not, this incident will accompany him for the rest of his life." 9659002] The documents also contained search warrants regarding the brothers accused of attacking Smollett. These were only released when the prosecution announced that the actor had staged a joke.
In arrest warrants, detectives Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo tied a threatening letter sent to Smollett on set "Empire." Detectives said that a safe in the brothers' home contained the same stamps used to send the letter.
Another arrest warrant revealed that Smollett spent several hours before the Attack had led a telephone conversation with a number that was registered with one of the brothers.
Chicago police said Smollett hired the brothers to attack him as part of the alleged crime.
The two brothers confessed their involvement by saying that he had filled a hot sauce bottle with bleach and poured it on Smollett.
Sheena Jones, Lisa Respers France and Nicole Chavez of CNN contributed to this report.