Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Jussie Smollett Loses Lead Role On Broadway Following Alleged Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett Loses Lead Role On Broadway Following Alleged Hate Crime Hoax

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts".

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. He claimed that on January 29, two attackers struck him, shouted "MAGA Country" and wrapped a noose around his neck.

"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", Foxx said in a statement obtained by USA Today.

Foxx's office issued a statement recusing her on February 19, though they later claimed she "did not formally recuse herself".

Foxx had originally recused herself from the case because she said she had conversations with a family member of Smollett when she still thought Smollett was the victim of a crime.

The majority of documents released Tuesday do not deal with the substance of the case and do little to illuminate why prosecutors chose to dismiss the charges so soon after bringing them.

Smollett has insisted that he told the truth about the attack.

Joseph Magats, the First Assistant in the State's Attorney's office, ultimately made the decision not to prosecute the case.

Citing a court order sealing all records in the case, the office did not turn over a flurry of emails exchanged among Criminal Division chief Risa Lanier and Smollett's Chicago-based attorney Patricia Brown Holmes over about three days before the charges were dismissed, nor hundreds of other emails and text messages requested by the Chicago Sun-Times and other media organizations. The newly revealed correspondence between Foxx and her employees raises questions about the role she may have played in the case after said recusal. She said Johnson seemed "satisfied" with her explanation that Smollett had completed community service and turned over his $10,000 bond money to the city.

During a recent episode of her panel talk show, The Real, Love said that Smollett reached out to her over this past weekend about his legal issues and where he plans on going from here.

Johnson, though, was furious over the decision and publicly blasted it - along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Foxx has faced mounting pressure to explain in more detail why the prosecution of Smollett was so quickly abandoned.

Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Smollett.

It all comes after Smollett's alleged hate crime hoax and in light of him being sued by the city of Chicago after he failed to pay $130,106 for what he cost the city investigating the alleged hoax.

Cook County's Inspector General Patrick Blanchard has begun an investigation into how Foxx's office handled the case.

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