Text messages between Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, who dropped the charges against Jussie Smollett, and her staff have been obtained by CNN. Amid an independent investigation of her involvement in the Jussie Smollett case, the leaked texts show the Cook County Attorney didn’t think highly of the accused at all.
Communications between Kim Foxx, state attorney’s office staff, and people outside their office were obtained by CNN and HuffPost. In the thousands of messages, Kim calls Jussie a “washed up celeb who lied to the cops” and compares his case to R. Kelly’s. The Cook County prosecuting attorney informally recused herself from the case in February, but continued to discuss it with staff.
Stating, “Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A.” Kim vented to members of her team. Upset that the state attorney’s office was being critiqued as being too harsh, staff replied, “Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive.” A member later promised to “take a hard look at how we can charge the cases and get it to something that covers what needs to be covered without being excessive and ultimately pointless.” During that exchange, Foxx was adamant that “just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.” because “It’s not who we want to be.”
“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.”
Texts from the day the charges were dropped show Foxx and Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke by telephone. In those messages, Kim says “Needed to know how to answer questions from press. Told him “essentially deterred prosecution. Paying $10k restitution to the city, and completed community service.” He was told we were just dropping the case. He seemed satisfied with that explanation.” However, during the press conference, Eddie stood in solidarity with Mayor Rahm Emanuel who referred to the decision as a “whitewash of justice.”
According to CNN, other texts that were previously released showed Smollett family friend Tina Tchen maintained contact with Foxx about the investigation, relaying concerns that the actor’s family had. Foxx was also shown to exchange texts with another person close to the Smollett camp about the case.
R. Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, has taken offense to Kim Foxx’s comments. Speaking with TMZ, Greenberg called the types of conversations Foxx had with her staff “dysfunctional and chaotic” and stated her biases may be coloring how she characterizes Kelly’s case. As the first Black woman to serve as Cook County’s state attorney, Foxx made the call for survivors of R. Kelly’s abuses to step forward. Greenberg says that for now, he isn’t calling for Foxx to be removed from the R. Kelly case, but is planning to make a decision once further evidence and discovery is acquired.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.