Kim Foxx Hiding From Media After Dismissing Jussie Smollett Charges

Embattled State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is defending herself after her office has begun to fall apart in the wake of the Jussie Smollett case.

Members of the prosecutor’s team have been resigning their positions as the department has faced increased scrutiny.

And now Foxx has said she will not have another word to say about the Smollett case for the time being, The Daily Mail reported.


The Cook County state’s attorney says she won’t comment further on the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago while another deputy from Kim Foxx’s office announced she was stepping down as a county inspector general finishes his review of prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against the Empire actor.

Kim Foxx said in a written statement Friday that she doesn’t want any comments by her to interfere with the inspector general’s work compiling ‘reliable and accurate records’ on the matter.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others criticized the decision by Foxx’s office last month to drop charges accusing Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in January.

Meanwhile, a third deputy from Foxx’s office is either out of the job or on their way out.


Kiera Ellis, who held the position of director of external affairs, abruptly left her position, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed to DailyMail.com on Friday.

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There was no word as to whether Ellis was fired or she resigned.

Ellis first joined the office in October. She was reportedly on the job as recently as Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Foxx’s Chief Ethics Officer April Perry and Mark Rotert, the Conviction Integrity Director, have both handed in their resignations, Fox News reported.

“While I feel lucky to have been able to spend the last 15 years of my career in public service, I am looking forward to my next endeavor in the private sector where I have the opportunity to continue to work toward increasing the safety of our community,” Perry said in her letter.

Chicago’s top prosecutor has been criticized for how she handled Smollett’s criminal case — including her questionable recusal and how her office suddenly dropped the charges against the 36-year-old “Empire” actor on March 26.

A grand jury indicted the actor on 16 counts in early March. Foxx’s office dropped the charges about three weeks later, explaining that Smollett was offered “deferred prosecution” because he forfeited his $10,000 bond and performed some community service. Much of the legal community has rebuked Foxx’s explanation including the National District Attorneys Association and the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association which concluded that Foxx “fundamentally misled the public” and should have recused her entire office from the case.

Last February, during the height of the investigation into Smollett’s claim that he was a victim of a hate crime, the state’s attorney’s office released a statement saying Foxx recused herself from investigating Smollett “out of an abundance of caution” because Foxx had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. “Shortly after the incident occurred in late January, State’s Attorney Foxx had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns, and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department who were investigating the incident,” a statement from the office read.

In media interviews, Foxx revealed it was Perry who advised her to recuse herself and touted Perry as the office’s first ethics officer. However, her office later had to clarify that Foxx recused herself only in the “colloquial” sense — not what was accepted as the standard legal recusal which would involve her entire office, and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Fox News host Sandra Smith spoke about the resignations with Fox News correspondent Matt Finn on Friday.

“Two top deputies resigning from the Cook County State Attorney’s Office after the charges against Jussie Smollett we dropped. Matt Finn is live in Chicago with more on all of this,” she said.

“Both of these ranking Kim Foxx executives are scheduled to work their last day two weeks today,” he said.

“Perhaps most notable here is the resignation of Kim Foxx’s chief ethics officer April Perry who is not giving a reason for her departure, other than think she is returning to the private sector.

“You’ll recall Kim Foxx revealed that it was April Perry that advised Foxx to recuse herself from the Smollett investigation because Foxx discussed the investigation with Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff and also a Smollett family member.

“It was later reviewed Kim Foxx never legally recused herself. Kim Foxx touted April Perry as the office’s first ethics officer and a strong advisor,” he said.

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