Loni Love Reveals The Details Of Her Conversation With Jussie Smollett

17 April, 2019, 16:10 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts [a reference to R. Kelly]".

Foxx had recused herself from the case in February after she had communications with one of Smollett's relatives.

The lawsuit laid out a detailed account of the allegations against Smollett, who told police he was attacked January 29 by two men who shouted homophobic slurs at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured an unknown liquid on him. 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. "16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A", Foxx wrote at the start of the exchange.

"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case", the Cook County State's Attorney's office stated in an email at the time.

Despite the release of thousands of internal texts and emails about the case, "the majority of documents released Tuesday do not deal with the substance of the case and do little to illuminate why prosecutors made a decision to dismiss the charges so soon after bringing them", the Chicago Tribune reports.

A lawyer for Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox's "Empire", said the actor "vehemently denies" accusations of making false statements to police and "will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum". First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor, had been the lead prosecutor.

About 10 minutes later, Foxx texted Magats: "Eddie just called".


The newly released texts raise further questions about her public claims that she had withdrawn from the case.

Those texts and other communications between Foxx, her staff at the state attorney's office and people outside their office were obtained by CNN through an open records request.

The move to drop charges has provoked fierce criticism.

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

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. Police initially treated the incident as a hate crime, but their focus turned to Smollett after two brothers who were alleged to have been his attackers told detectives that Smollett had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with a promise of an additional $500 later. But sources with knowledge now tell the outlet he will no longer appear in the play, despite charges being dropped against the "Empire" star.

Inspector General Patrick Blanchard will be conducting an investigation of how Foxx's office handled the case.

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