Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx described "empire" actor Jussie Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops" in texts messages published by the Chicago Tribune. [1
"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts), "she wrote.
"On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should generally consider," Foxx continued.
Smollett, who is openly gay, which indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of staging a Jan. 29 hate crime attack on himself.
He claimed two men beat and shouted slurs at him and wrapped a noose around his neck. CHICAGO PROSECUTOR KIM FOXX DEFENDS JUSSIE SMOLLETT DECISION
On March 3, Magats reported that he gave Foxx's phone number to Michael Avenatti, who had joined the case ,
SMOLLETT 'ATTACKER' WINS CHICAGO BOXING COMPETITION
"… so Michael Avenatti reached out. Apparently he's coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet I gave him your office number, "Magats wrote.
Foxx issued a statement on Feb. 19 recusing itself from high-profile case. Prosecutors, last month, argued that Foxx never formally recused herself. "
The communication between Foxx and Magats raised questions afterward, she continues to take a role in the case after stepping away. In a statement Tuesday night, Foxx defended her messages to Magats.
"After the indictment became public, I reached out to discuss the office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and charging facilities," Foxx said in a statement obtained by USA Today. "Intentions to bring criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency, and discretion.
A message for Smollett did not return it dropped off Smollett, the Tribune reported.
"Eddie just called. (Fox) textx magats, referring to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. She said Johnson seemed satisfied with that.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
John and Mayor
The city has sued Smollett for the $ 130,000 in overtime spent investigating the alleged hoax.