Joseph Magats is the Cook County prosecutor who made the decision to drop all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Magats took over the case after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself after it was reported that she tried to convince Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI following calls from influential Smollett supporter Tina Tchen, a former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Magats, who holds the position of first assistant state’s attorney in Foxx’s office, told The Sun-Times that his decision to drop the charges against Smollett, who is accused of staging a fake hate crime, should not be “interpreted that Smollett did not do what police and prosecutors have alleged,” the outlet reported.
He added that dropping the charges does not mean Smollett was the victim of any crime, as the actor had alleged.
“Absolutely not. We stand behind the CPD investigation done in this case, we stand behind the approval of charges in this case,” Magats told the Sun-Times. “They did a fantastic job. The fact there was an alternative disposition in this case is not and should not be viewed as some kind of admission there was something wrong with the case, or something wrong with the investigation that the Chicago Police did.”