‘Detroit Free Press’ Suit Yields Release of More Steamy Messages

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More steamy text messages from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff appear to show she had a long-term romantic relationship with the married mayor.

The messages from Christine Beatty’s city-issued pager appear in an 18-page document released on the orders of a Michigan judge in response to a lawsuit brought by two Detroit newspapers.

Excerpts of the messages show Kilpatrick and Beatty engaging in graphic sex talk. They also appear to show Kilpatrick was involved in the decision to fire a former police officer who sued the city.

A perjury investigation was launched after the Detroit Free Press published text messages in January. Kilpatrick and Beatty are charged with lying under oath about their relationship. Both have denied wrongdoing.

Kilpatrick questions the authenticity of the messages and dismisses them as a “regurgitation of old news.”

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