Kim Foxx, the controversial prosecutor in Cook County, whose office dropped the 16 charges against actor Jussie Smollett, said Friday he welcomed an independent investigation.
Jussie Smollett's Attorney, Kim Foxx, Defends Bureau's Decision to Discontinue Prosecution
Foxx and his office were criticized for letting Smollett go with a small community service and forfeiting his $ 10,000 bond. the Empire The actor was accused of orchestrating an attack on himself in Chicago to assume the role of victim. The city is now suing him in civil court to recover more than $ 130,000 that she would have spent on police overtime to investigate the case.
"A former prosecutor, Inspector General (Patrick) Blanchard, has been conducting independent investigations for Cook County for more than a decade," Foxx said in a statement. "It is important for me and my office to have the trust of the community. That's why I invited an independent review of this case. I welcome this investigation and pledge to cooperate fully with my office while IG Blanchard is reviewing it. "
The office of the Inspector General of Cook County plays the role of watchdog of the Cook County Government.
Foxx asserted that she had withdrawn from the file after speaking to a parent of Smollett. However, subsequent revelations indicate that she was put in touch with the family through the offices of Tina Then, a lawyer in Chicago and former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. This has led some to fear that Foxx's office is unduly influenced by influential figures to let Smollett get rid of his actions.
Foxx said the decision to discontinue the lawsuit was frequently made by his office. She hinted that she thought the criticism of the action was motivated by racism.