Kwame Kilpatrick – Infidelity and Perjury Investigation

According to text messages obtained by the Detroit Free Press and published January 232008, Kilpatrick and his then chief of staff Christine Beatty lied about the sexual nature of their relationship and their involvement in the firing of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown.[23] The text messages that were obtained were exchanged between Kilpatrick and Beatty on their city issued SkyTel pagers between September through October 2002 and April-May 2003. Under oath Kilpatrick and Beatty both denied that they had a sexual relationship. The text messages contradict this testimony with such messages as:

Beatty: “And, did you miss me, sexually?”Kilpatrick: “Hell yeah! You couldn’t tell. I want some more. “[23]

Many of the messages describe not a professional relationship but a sexual relationship, often in graphic detail. Kilpatrick and Beatty, both married at the time,[24] sent messages to each other that confirmed they had arranged trysts, plotted to spend nights together while traveling on city business and discussed their fears of being caught by the mayor’s police protection unit.[25]

There was also evidence that Kilpatrick and Beatty used city funds to arrange romantic getaways.[26]

Beatty resigned as chief of staff on January 282008 amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair. It is effectiveFebruary 8.[27]

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced on January 25th that her office intended to conduct a full, thorough investigation into the case. Kilpatrick, a lawyer, could face discipline if the state Attorney Discipline Board finds he committed perjury in court. This could result in Kilpatrick losing his license to practice law after his term as mayor is done.[23] If convicted on possible perjury charges, Kilpatrick could also be forced to resign as mayor.

Kilpatrick issued a brief statement on the night of Jan 23rd when the text scandal broke indicating that he and his wife had worked through these issues years ago. However, it was discovered by WXYZ-TV that only two days earlier, after a Martin Luther King Day prayer breakfast, Kilpatrick stayed at a the Grove Park Inn in AshvilleNorth Carolina with a second individual, and spent time with a woman who went by the name “Carmen Slowski.” The resort confirmed that Slowski was not Kilpatrick’s wife.[28] Records showed that while at the spa they shared a “Couple’s Retreat” one-hour massage and afterward the session continued with the serving of expensive champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for the two to enjoy from the warmth of an aromatic whirlpool bath.[29] The resorts records stated that Kilpatrick was lodging with a woman who used the name of Carmen Slowsky; a name similar to the fictional character in a TV ad for high-speed internet service.[9]

Florida A&M University announced Kilpatrick had resigned from their foundation board in light of the text scandal on January 29th.[30]

 

[via Detroit Free Press]

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