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Chicago's top prosecutor has released more than 2,000 pages of documents in Jussie Smollett's case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into the 'Empire' actor's claim he'd been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to him.
Friday's statement from Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx comes two months after her office suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett accusing him of staging the January attack on himself. The move was widely criticized.
Foxx - Rumors - Suspicions - Smollett - Account
Foxx says rumors circulated as suspicions grew about Smollett's account of an attack that she was related to Smollett's family, so she recused herself to avoid 'even the perception of a conflict'.
Earlier explanations focused on communications between Foxx and a family member of Smollett's.
Foxx - Statement - Friday - 'This - Case
Foxx's statement Friday said: 'This has been a unique case from the very beginning, where the victim became the suspect during the investigation. Allegations of a vicious homophobic and racially motivated attack shook our city and the nation with understandable anger and fear.
'I did not have a conflict of interest in this case; only a sincere desire to serve the community. I spoke with Mr. Smollett's family and others while he was still considered to be the victim of a hate crime in an effort to streamline the case and alleviate any concerns about the integrity of the investigation.
Rumors - Smollett - Family - Aspects - Investigation
'False rumors circulated that I was related or somehow connected to the Smollett family, so I removed myself from all aspects of the investigation and prosecution and delegated my authority and responsibility to my First Assistant so as to avoid even the perception of a conflict.
'I regret that my attempts to this end created confusion outside the office. The public's trust is paramount to our work. That is why today I am releasing material above...
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