The Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick called the ‘Hip-Hop Mayor’ and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty faces felony charges due to perjury after sexy text messages appeared to have contradicted their testimony in court.
The mayor who was Detroit’s youngest mayor to date elected at age 31 got his ‘Hip-Hop Mayor’ title from his living-it-high lifestyle. Kilpatrick was the host of the 2003 Hip-Hop Summit featuring Russell Simmons, Eminem, Nas, Reverend Run, Doug E. Fresh, Noreaga, D12, the DOC, and others.
According to prosecutors Kilpatrick lied multiple times under oath in regards to the affair with Beatty. Kilpatrick is married with three children and during the alleged affair with the mayor, Beatty too was married and has two children.
Kilpatrick agreed to settle a $8.4-million lawsuit against him by police officials in an attempt to keep from leaking the sexy romantic text messages between himself and his longtime aide Christine Beatty out of the public eye. On March 24, 2008, Prosecutor Kym Worthy filed felony charges against both the Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty for perjury after running an investigation since January which could also bring down other parties as well.
If convicted Kilpatrick faces eight charges, including conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, misconduct in office, perjury in a court proceeding and two counts of perjury other than in a court proceeding.
Christine Beatty faces seven charges, including conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury in a court proceeding and two counts of perjury other than in a court proceeding.
If convicted, Mayor Kilpatrick must immediately resign from his position as mayor of Detroit.
The two also face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.