"(A pedophile) with 4 victims 10 counts. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should".
The office, though, denied outright requests for its internal files, saying it did so because the judge presiding over the case had agreed to seal the public court file moments after prosecutors dropped all the charges.
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".
He told the CBS Chicago station that he did not believe that Smollett was innocent but "based on all facts and circumstances of the case, and also keeping in mind resources and keeping in mind that the office's number one priority is to combat violent crime and the drivers of violence, I chose to offer this disposition in the case". Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said police have the check. First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor, had been the lead prosecutor.
(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Jussie Smollett waves as he follows his attorney after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago. "(He) needed to know how to answer questions from press".
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.
"He seemed satisfied with the explanation", Foxx told Magats. Her office released 178 pages of texts and 3,655 pages of emails, and some of those messages expose her private opinions on the case-one that she recused herself from in February.
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.
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.
However, Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference that morning slamming the decision - "a whitewash of justice", the mayor said. But sources with knowledge now tell the outlet he will no longer appear in the play, despite charges being dropped against the "Empire" star.
Jussie Smollett has confided in a select few of his celebrity peers since his alleged hate crime scandal, and the latest public figure to open up about her conversation with the embattled actor is comedian Loni Love. She called on the Cook County Inspector General to take a look.