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Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Texts Leak, Reveal Thoughts on Jussie and R. Kelly

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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.

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Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Reaches $44 Million Lawsuit Settlement

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According to several news outlets, disgraced entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a $44 million settlement with several of his accusers and creditors. With $30 million going to survivors of his depravity and $14 million going to legal fees, Weinstein still isn’t out of the water just yet. The former famed producer is set to go to trial for his many criminal charges in New York this September.

Accused of sexual harassment by more than 80 women, Harvey Weinstein is attempting to settle out of court before standing trial. He is currently only facing criminal charges for sexual violence against two women despite the many complaints waged against him. Since sexual harassment is deemed a civil violation, the outcome of this settlement could set a horrific standard for the treatment of victims of sexual misconduct.

The total sum of $44 million is set to be paid by insurance policies. However, that is contingent upon the finalization of the current agreement. The current deal states $30 million would be split between alleged victims, creditors of his former studio, and some former employees. But there will be no vindication for Weinstein in light of the #MeToo movement which has shed light on many injustices within and outside of the entertainment industry.

As Weinstein continues to hold to his “not guilty” plea, onlookers will have to await the beginning of his criminal trial, which is set for September 9th.

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Jussie Smollett’s Case File Unsealed, Prosecution Details Public

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In a completely unexpected move, a Cook County judge has ordered Jussie Smollett’s case file to be unsealed. The “Empire” actor was facing 16 charges that were all abruptly dropped by prosecution. His attorney then worked to ensure case particulars would never see the light of day under the guise of maintaining Jussie’s privacy. However, Circuit Judge Steven Watkins has stated the media presence of Smollett and his attorneys proclaiming his innocence has made the need for a sealed case file unnecessary. Now, news media outlets are scrambling to uncover the details of Jussie’s hate crime.

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Thursday, Judge Watkins read from a 10-page ruling, citing the actions of Smollett were “not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply be let alone.” While acknowledging his status as an actor and performer in the public eye, Watkins expressed where he found fault in Jussie’s behavior. Continuing, “it was not necessary for him to address this so publicly and to such an extent,” Watkins ruled the court could not find good cause to keep the case records sealed.

An attorney from Jussie Smollett’s team would not comment on whether they would attempt to appeal Watkins’ decision. But there was little to be gained immediately from the ruling. As news reps wait for the criminal file to be unsealed, they have access to just a 192-page document which primarily contains the media’s objections to the sealing of the file. However, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office believes more shall be revealed June 3rd.

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Family Feud: Kevin Hunter Jr Arrested for Assaulting Father

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No one wins when the family feuds! Kevin Hunter Jr. has been arrested for assault after getting into an altercation with his father, the estranged husband of Wendy Williams. According to TMZ, the argument popped off after Senior told Junior “he needed to work hard on his own without Wendy’s handouts.” Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Wendy Williams took her son Kevin Jr. to their family home in New Jersey early Wednesday morning. Needing to grab a few things, Junior expected to just run in and pick up his belongings. But things got dicey when he bumped into his father.

While some sources are reporting that the two Kevins haven’t been on good terms, things were amicable between them early on. They left the home and went to a store together, where the argument would later take place.

Arguing in the parking lot over Kevin Sr.’s recent demand for spousal support, they father and son didn’t see eye-to-eye. Senior claimed that his son was being brainwashed by Wendy to reject him and then things turned violent. Kevin Senior placed his son in a headlock leaving Kevin Junior to punch him in the nose to escape the hold.

The argument was a continuation of a discussion of a night earlier that got aggressive. Tuesday evening, Kevin Senior told his son that he needed to carve out his own path for success without Wendy’s money. More than a bit ironic considering Kevin’s affair with Sharina Hudson was funded nearly entirely by Wendy’s coins.

After police were contacted to settle the dispute, Kevin Hunter Jr. was carried away in cuffs and charged with assault. However, Kevin Hunter Sr. claims he isn’t going to pursue the matter legally. In a statement concerning his relationship with his son, all Kevin Hunter Sr had to say was, “I love my son very much and I will not be pursuing this matter legally. This are not always how they appear.”

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