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

Chicago State’s Attorney Questioned Charges Against Jussie Smollett as Excessive

Chicago State’s Attorney Questioned Charges Against Jussie Smollett as Excessive

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Magats then texted that he'd get with some other members of the state's attorney's office and "take a hard look at how we charge the cases and get it to something that covers what needs to be covered without being excessive and ultimately pointless". But the States Attorney exempted many records from disclosure, citing privileged communications and the sealing of the court file after the charges were dropped.

In addition, it appeared the prosecutors' office notified Chicago police only moments before the charges were dropped as reporters were already gathering in the courtroom - tipped off by a publicist for Smollett's legal team. Eddie Johnson to turn the case over to federal investigators.

The texts are among dozens sent between Foxx and Magats after Foxx claimed she stepped away from the case. Lanier wrote in a March 26 text to Magats. "(He) needed to know how to answer questions from press". In exchange, they said, the actor had done community service and agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond.

"He seemed satisfied with the explanation", Foxx told Magats.

Foxx said she recused herself from the case.

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The office released 178 pages of text messages and 3,655 pages of emails connected to the case, including communication among staffers and some of their interactions with the media.

Smollett reportedly participated in a reading for the part just 12 hours before he claimed he was attacked on the streets of his home in Chicago by two men who he said threw a rope around his neck and poured a bleach-like substance on him.

John and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference that morning blasting the prosecutor's decision, calling it a "whitewash of justice". The timeline includes a 41-point, blow-by-blow description, from when Smollett first met the Osundario brothers - the purported attackers - in the fall of 2017 until the final allegation that Smollett continued to be in contact with the brothers days after the alleged attack. But Foxx's office has since said she removed herself from the case only informally, since an actual recusal would have required her entire office to step aside and request the appointment of a special prosecutor. "He said that he was reaching out [to] people that showed love and support", she told her co-hosts.

Nonetheless, charges against Smollett were announced the next day, and a grand jury indictment was handed up two weeks later. And city officials sued the actor for $130,000 last week, seeking reimbursement for funds spent investigating what they called bogus hate crime allegations.

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

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

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