"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts".
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. 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.
"Sooo.... I'm recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases.16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A", Foxx wrote to Magats.
Late Tuesday, Foxx's office made public thousands of internal texts and emails on the Smollett case in response to public-records requests by the Tribune. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said police have the check.
Foxx withdrew herself from the case in February after she had been in contact with one of Smollett's relatives early during the investigation.
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.
"Everything was set to go and the producers were planning to announce that Jussie and Zachary Quinto were starring in the play last month", a Broadway insider told the Mail, adding, "Everyone was so supportive after the attack and then suddenly, everything shifted". Assistant State's Attorney Risa Lanier, the lead prosecutor on the high-profile case, texted Magats hours after the charges were dropped.
Numerous text messages and emails released detail how the State's Attorneys office responded to the furor after the charges were dropped and defended their decision by releasing data on other cases.
The communication between Foxx and Magats raised questions of whether she continued to take a role in the case after stepping away.
The trove of documents released also shows that, two days before charges were dropped, prosecutors received letters of support for Smollett from the Black AIDS Institute, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition and The City Lights Orchestra, citing his activism and community service.
Police said the two brothers wore gloves during the staged attack, and did punch Smollett, but the scratches and bruises on Smollett's face most likely were self-inflicted. In addition to that, Love said Smollett actually asked her to share the details of their personal conversation on the show.
Johnson, though, was furious over the decision and publicly blasted it - along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Smollett.