Late on Tuesday night, it was revealed that the state attorney for Cook County, Illinois decided to recuse herself from the hate crime hoax involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
This is a developing story.
Here’s what is known, thus far…
From Fox32 Chicago:
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has officially recused herself from the Jussie Smollett case, according to Chicago police.
More from NBC Chicago:
First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats will be the acting state’s attorney for the matter, a spokesperson said in an emailed statement Tuesday. No further explanation was given as to why Foxx recused herself.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,” the spokesperson said in an email.
Chicago police still want to re-interview Smollett about the night he says he was attacked, but it’s unclear if or when the “Empire” actor will comply.
A representative for Smollett said he had no plans to speak with detectives on Monday, despite their requests. A source close to the situation said Smollett had not met with police as of Tuesday afternoon and would not be meeting with them later that day.
2020 presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (NJ) immediately jumped to conclusions after the initial Smollett report was released, which said Jussie was attacked by white men who yelled, “This is MAGA country!”