In Texts, Chicago Prosecutor Suggests Jussie Smollett Was Overcharged

The decision to drop all charges against the "Empire" actor led to a firestorm of controversy.

There are new calls for the resignation of Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx in the wake of just-released text messages that reveal she did not recuse herself from the Jussie Smollett case as she said she would.

In a text, sent to an underling, she calls the “Empire” actor a "washed-up celeb."  

She writes that Smollett “lied to cops 16 [times],” but then makes the case that even if he did "just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should."

She points out, singer R. Kelly, whom she calls a "pedophile with 4 victims," was indicted on 10 counts, while Smollett faced 16. (Kelly denies all allegations against him.)

She also texted, “I'm recused but when people accuse us of overcharging cases, 16 counts becomes exhibit A.”

Foxx's decision to drop all charges against Smollett four weeks ago led to a firestorm of controversy and she was blasted by both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Trump. 

The actor was accused of staging an attack on himself on Jan. 29 in an attempt to raise his profile so he could get a raise from producers on "Empire."

The charges against Smollett were dropped on March 26.