Prosecutor receives death threats in wake of Smollett decision

  • Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has come under fire after her office decided to drop all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

    Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has come under fire after her office decided to drop all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. Associated Press/Feb. 22

  • Actor Jussie Smollett waves to supporters before leaving Cook County court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Authorities had alleged a racist and anti-gay attack he reported had been staged.

    Actor Jussie Smollett waves to supporters before leaving Cook County court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Authorities had alleged a racist and anti-gay attack he reported had been staged. Associated Press/March 26

 
 
Updated 4/22/2019 6:50 PM

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has received a series of threats against her life and safety in the wake of her office's decision earlier this month to abruptly drop criminal charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, according to a high-ranking staffer and a political ally.

Jennifer Ballard Croft, Foxx's chief of staff, confirmed Monday that Foxx's "physical safety" has been threatened in the wake of the Smollett case.

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"The state's attorney's office can confirm that the state's attorney has received threats to her personal safety and security, a number of which have contained racially charged language," Ballard Croft told the Sun-Times.

This report was produced in partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times. For related coverage, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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