Chicago’s top prosecutor has released more than 2,000 pages of documents in Jussie Smollett’s case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into the “Empire” actor’s claim he’d been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to him.

FILE – In this March 26, 2019 file photo, Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Friday’s statement from Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx comes two months after her office suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett accusing him of staging the January attack on himself. The move was widely criticized.

Foxx says rumors circulated as suspicions grew about Smollett’s account of an attack that she was related to Smollett’s family, so she recused herself to avoid “even the perception of a conflict.”

FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Foxx, Chicago's top prosecutor has released 2,000 documents in the Jussie Smollett's case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into his claim he'd been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to the
FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Foxx, Chicago’s top prosecutor has released 2,000 documents in the Jussie Smollett’s case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into his claim he’d been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to the “Empire” actor. The Friday, May 31, 2019, statement from Foxx came two months after her office’s suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett that accused him of staging the attack on himself. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Earlier explanations focused on communications between Foxx and a family member of Smollett’s.

The release of documents Friday evening came as offices closed for the weekend. A court last week lifted an order barring their release.

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