Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx (Ill.), Has not "formally" withdrawn from the Jussie-Smollett case, her office said in a statement on Thursday, stating that Foxx is more likely to use the term "reuse." "Colloquial" meaning used when she had left the case in February.
The statement was the latest twist in the saga about Smollett, the "Empire" actor Foxx's office decided not to pursue Tuesday in a stunning reversal after Smollett's alleged 16-year suit Injury to himself in January.
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Her decision was based on her contact with a relative of Smollett. However, Thursday's statement states that Foxx's decision is not based on "an actual conflict of interest," suggesting that Foxx was concerned about a conflict.
"Instead, she separated informally from the decision in a plethora of caution." The case was passed over and left to the lawyer of her first deputy state, Joe Magats, a 29-year veteran prosecutor, "the statement added. Although we used the term "reuse" as referring to the involvement of prosecutor Foxx in the matter, it was a colloquial use of the term rather than the legal sense.
Shortly after the alleged attack on Jan. 29, Tina Tchen, a Smollett family friend, Foxx turned to the media for alleged leaks from the police department, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Foxx later exchanged text messages with a Smollett relative, eventually leading to her announced decision to withdraw from the case.
On Wednesday, Fox News received an inter email from Foxx's office, in which the prosecutors' attorneys were asked for examples to support Foxx's claim that the charges dropped in the Smollett case were not as unusual or shocking as it seemed.
Earlier Thursday, Fox News learned that the City of Chicago sent a letter to Smollett's legal team requesting the reimbursement of $ 1
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Smollett claimed he had been attacked by two masked men hurling racial and homophobic Slurs. The star also said they poured bleach over him and put a rope around his neck before shouting, "This is MAGA land!"
Although the case was first opened as a possible hate crime, he quickly exposed it, as evidence prompted the investigators to suspect that Smollett had staged the attack. However, Smollett claims his innocence.