The drama of the Jussie Smollett case continues. After text messages from State Attorney Kim Foxx, R. Kelly’s lawyer is now outraged. Foxx asked the question, “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16,” which was a reference to the disgraced R&B singer.
TMZ reports his legal team Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, believes the pedophile comment “was outrageous, considering Kelly hasn’t been convicted of any such crime.”
In addition, “Greenberg says Foxx is letting her personal biases color the way she characterizes Kelly’s case.” Greenberg calls the Cook County State Attorney’s Office “dysfunctional and chaotic” and believes Foxx lacks objectivity.
His team hasn’t decided if they want Foxx removed from the Kelly case but “once he and his team get everything they need, they’ll make a decision on what to ask as far as Foxx’s involvement is concerned.”
CBS Chicago reportedly obtained hundreds of emails and text messages about the investigation through a Freedom of Information Act request. Foxx wrote to her staff, “Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A.”
She was also disturbed that R. Kelly got less charges than Smollett, “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
On Jan. 29, while walking to a subway, Smollett claimed two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
Smollett has maintained his innocence from the beginning and all charges were dropped.
Kelly was arrested Feb. 23 after surrendering to Chicago police following his indictment on the same day for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. After spending the weekend in jail because he arguably had trouble paying the $100,000 for bail, a woman friend of his posted his bond.
Kelly was taken into custody again for failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support but was released a few days later after someone else paid his bond. However, he might be going back to jail for once again failing to pay child support.