The Jessie Smollett saga has been exhausting, to say the least. But when Smollett suddenly had all 16 charges against him dropped, all eyes quickly shifted towards State Attorney Kim Foxx who originally “recused” herself from the case. She is now being called on to resign after text messages show her continued meddling in the case.
Foxx’s office made internal documents and text messages public after mounting backlash from those who felt Smollett was given no more than a slap on the wrist as punishment. Text messages between Foxx and Joe Magats, the prosecutor Foxx handed the case over to, showed the two stayed in constant communication about intimate details of the case.
At one point, the two compared R.Kelly’s legal troubles to Smollett’s. “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16,” the text messages read. It’s painfully obvious Foxx was referring to Smollett as the washed-up celebrity.
Magats replied: “Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive.” Foxx continued to speak to Magats about how the case was transpiring. “On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should,” she wrote. “Agreed,” Magats replied.
Weeks later following these text messages, Smollett had all charges dropped to the dismay of many following the case. Magats even spoke candidly in a recent interview where he indicated that he felt Smollett was guilty.
A group chat called the “Foxxhole,” which appears to be most of the colleagues within her law office, revealed about how ill-prepared they were for the backlash that resulted from dropping the charges.
State Attorney Risa Lanier, who works in Foxx’s office, texted Magats: “Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!” Magats replied: “There’s really no planning for this. It’s the right decision.” Lanier seemingly agreed with him and responded with: “I agree and absolutely stand by the decision made.”
Foxx issued a statement to the Daily Mail where she defended her and her office’s actions. “After the indictment became public, I reached out to Joe to discuss reviewing office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of appropriate charging authority. I was elected to bring criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency, and discretion. I will continue to uphold these guiding principles.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department’s Superintendent Eddie Johnson were furious when the charges were dropped. Since then, Smollett has been sued for over $100,000 by Chicago for the investigation that was essentially a wild goose chase.