The mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, is under fire for allegedly lying under oath and for having an extramarital affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Now both could see 15 years in jail for perjury.
**Update 8/7/08 – Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to jail Thursday after violating his bond by going on a trip to Canada last month for business without first notifying the authorities. Kilpatrick will have his own cell “because he’s a high-profile inmate”, according to a spokesman for the country sheriff. He will spend at least one night in jail.***
Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty testified in a 2007 civil case involving two cops who say they lost their jobs after investigating the mayor. Text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty have now surfaced causing some to believe they lied in court and that the two were having an affair. The more than 14,000 text messages were exchanged almost daily discussing city business, political gossip and even ‘American Idol.’
“I’m madly in love with you,” Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002.
“I hope you feel that way for a long time,” Beatty answered. “In case you haven’t noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!”
Other texts contain sexual content, like this exchange on April 8, 2003:
Beatty: “And, did you miss me, sexually?”
Kilpatrick: “Hell yeah! You couldn’t tell. I want some more.”
“I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days,” the mayor wrote on Oct. 16, 2002. “Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.”
The mayor has issued a statement asking everyone to respect his privacy. A privacy that has reportedly cost the taxpayers of Detroit close to 9 million dollars. Hope it was worth it Mr. Mayor.