Foxx's office released a series of text messages between her and First Assistant Joseph Magats which took place on March 8, just before the 16-count indictment against Smollett was announced.
"Pedophile with victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 [counts]", she wrote.
She later said she didn't recuse herself in the legal sense of the word, because there was no actual conflict, but simply separated herself from the case out of an abundance of caution.
Magats replied that he could "see where that can be seen as excessive".
Smollett was charged after Chicago police alleged the "Empire" actor had fabricated a hate crime against himself.
Despite the release of thousands of internal texts and emails about the case, "the majority of documents released Tuesday do not deal with the substance of the case and do little to illuminate why prosecutors made a decision to dismiss the charges so soon after bringing them", the Chicago Tribune reports. But on March 26, just weeks after the indictment, the Cook County State's Attorney dropped the charges. The Chicago Police Department has also denied public-records requests for its internal documents on the same grounds.
The texts were included in thousands of pages of texts and emails related to the Smollett case released by the State's Attorney's Office late Tuesday.
Other texts showed prosecutor were blindsided by the response they got following their decision to drop the charges.
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Foxx said she recused herself from the case.
Foxx and Magats continued to discuss the case, including the news that embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti wanted to join the defense. The newly revealed correspondence between Foxx and her employees raises questions about the role she may have played in the case after said recusal.
"It appears as if Jussie's press person may have notified the press", Lanier texted three spokespeople on the morning the case was dismissed.
Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Smollett.
In a written statement released Tuesday night, Foxx said she only wanted to ensure that the office's charging practices were consistent across different cases. City officials since have filed a civil lawsuit, seeking to collect more than $130,000 spent on police overtime for investigators handling the case.
Smollett found himself at the center of an global media firestorm after he reported being the victim of a January 29 attack by two people who shouted slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck.
Smollett has insisted that he told the truth about the attack. In exchange, they said, the actor had done community service and agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond. In an op-ed in the Tribune, she backed off her office's initial stance that the case was strong, writing that they were uncertain of a conviction, but she offered no specifics.
Inspector General Patrick Blanchard will be conducting an investigation of how Foxx's office handled the case.