Foxx compared Smollett's case to her office's pending indictments against R&B singer R. Kelly in text messages to Joseph Magats, her top assistant, on March 8. "16 counts on a class 4 [felony] becomes exhibit A".
The associate answered, "Yes".
Magats replied that he could "see where that can be seen as excessive".
"Pedophile with victims 10 counts".
In an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune, Foxx said she understood the public outrage against Smollett, but said it was important to separate people we were angry at, from people who pose a public safety threat. "We look forward to the findings of the Cook County Independent Inspector General's Office's review of how we handled this case". "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should".
Smollett, who is openly gay, was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of staging a January 29 hate crime attack on himself. But on March 26, just weeks after the indictment, the Cook County State's Attorney dropped the charges. Smollett, who was accused of hiring two men to fake an attack on him near his Streeterville home, forfeited $10,000 he'd posted for bond to the city of Chicago, and left the courthouse proclaiming his innocence.
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I feel like I'm going to wake up and God's going to say, 'Hey, remember how you were before all of this? "It's fantastic . The biggest one was Monday when she posted what many perceived just to be an inspirational Instagram: "Choose Hope".
The messages were among almost 200 pages of screenshots of texts exchanged between Foxx and her top staff, included alongside more than 3,600 pages of emails - and a 36-page spreadsheet detailing records the office determined could not be released to the public because records in Smollett's case were sealed the day the charges were dropped.
The Cook County State's Attorney Office released the messages on Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by media outlets including ABC News. But the States Attorney exempted many records from disclosure, citing privileged communications and the sealing of the court file after the charges were dropped. The decision to drop charges sparked outrage, and was followed by a civil suit by the city of Chicago against Smollett seeking to force the actor to reimburse the city for police department overtime expenses.
She also told her co-hosts that Smollett "is going through it", and while "there's a lot of things that's happening, he's not publicly ready to speak". He claimed that on January 29, two attackers struck him, shouted "MAGA Country" and wrapped a noose around his neck.
In a statement Tuesday night, Foxx claimed she was speaking generally and not about Smollett's case.
Foxx said she recused herself from the case. Police initially treated the incident as a hate crime, but their focus turned to Smollett after two brothers who were alleged to have been his attackers told detectives that Smollett had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with a promise of an additional $500 later.
Emanuel said dropping the charges against Smollett "is without a doubt a whitewash of justice".
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