A special prosecutor’s report found that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office committed “substantial abuses of discretion” during the initial investigation into “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s hoax hate crime.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Toomin released a 60-page report by Special Prosecutor Dan Webb to the public on Monday, nearly two weeks after Smollett was found guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report, for telling authorities MAGA lovers beat him up for being black and gay.
The investigation revealed that Foxx, who ultimately recused herself from the case, repeatedly lied about cutting off contact with Smollett’s famous sister, “Birds of Prey” star Journee Smollett, after Jussie became a suspect, and continued to communicate with her for days after telling the public they were no longer talking.
Webb noted that Foxx sent five text messages to Journee and spoke to her on the phone three times, five days after claiming to the media she had ceased contact due to Jussie going from victim to suspect.
Journee alleges that on Feb. 13, 2019, she asked Foxx if she knew anything about the suspected attackers, and said, “They’re white, right?” She recalled that Fox said they weren’t, and the pair had a discussion about their skin color and potential nationality.
The same day, the “Lovecraft County” star asked Foxx if Jussie had become a suspect, and the State’s Attorney responded, “Your brother should be fine as long as he stays consistent.”
Foxx claims she didn’t tell Journee any of the case details, went on to explain that they could no longer communicate, and that she was recusing herself from the case.
The report also found that Foxx’s office made “misleading statements” to the public about why they initially dismissed the 16-count indictment against Smollett in March 2019, when they claimed the resolution was similar to 5,700 other cases, but could not identify a single one.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) also “falsely represented” that $10,000 was the most Smollett could be ordered to pay in restitution, that he had no criminal background, and had dismissed the case due to evidentiary issues.
Retired Judge Sheila O’Brien, who was instrumental in opening up Webb’s investigation into the CCSAO, said that Foxx “should resign” from her position.
“This report shows she is a liar, that her administration is in chaos and that she’s blaming everyone else,” O’Brien commented. “She should resign. Taxpayers deserve better and Ms. Preckwinkle, her mentor, should take no part in replacing Foxx. Cook County Government needs to clean house.”
According to the investigation, the office’s “substantial abuse of discretion and operational failures” did not find evidence that would “support any criminal charges against State’s Attorney Foxx or any individual working at the CCSAO.”
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