Kim Foxx releases some internal texts and emails on Jussie Smollett case

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"Pedophile with four victims 10 counts".

Smollett found himself at the center of an worldwide media firestorm after he reported being the victim of a January 29 attack by two people who shouted slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck. 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.

But they do put Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx back in the hot seat.

The texts are among dozens sent between Foxx and Magats after Foxx claimed she stepped away from the case. "Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts)", she continued, referring to singer R. Kelly.

On Tuesday, Foxx released a statement defending her messages.

The messages, released Tuesday, show that after Foxx announced her recusal from the case on February 19 because she said she had been in contact with a relative of Smollett, Foxx continued to internally discuss the case with her top aides, according to WBBM-TV. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should", Foxx went on to tell Magats.

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CBS Chicago has reported Smollett also directed the brothers to buy the noose at a hardware store and the hat and masks at a store in Uptown.

Last month, Cook County prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against the actor, stating that while the charges were provable, the case was not worth the resources that would be needed. Foxx's office created a firestorm of protest after abruptly dropping all the charges less than three weeks later at a court hearing that reporters only learned about at the last minute.

"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.

"Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!"

"There's really no planning for this", Magats responded. "It's the right decision", Magats replied. 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. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo has said Foxx could serve up to 20 years in prison if convicted of corruption for her handling of the Smollett case. Police insist the actor, who is black and gay, staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity.

In exchange for having his record cleaned, Smollett agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bail - which he posted after pleading not guilty to all charges - and perform a few hours of community service.

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