One of the biggest scandals in the history of Detroit involved former chief of staff Christine Beatty and her affair with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Beatty is now speaking out about the sexting scandal back in 2008 that sent both her and Kilpatrick to jail after it was found that they lied under oath about their affair during the trial.
Beatty opens up for the first time in a November Essence cover story. A promotional portion of the interview was released showcasing Beatty saying “no matter how unhappy you are, you can’t look for your happiness in someone else because you won’t find it there.”
“For years I would think fondly of our first kiss, the one we shared sitting on my mother’s couch after our first date. That kiss, passionate yet gentle, was the sweetest thing I had ever experienced.”
“We would find any spare time we could to be together, at the office or at my home when my children weren’t there. … He made me laugh, he made me angry, he propelled me to ecstasy and reduced me to tears, but most important, I felt he loved me unconditionally.”
After a cop filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the former mayor, their affair was exposed because the cop claimed he was let go because he knew too much. The pair proceeded to lie during the trial about their affair that was revealed through text messages. Both Beatty and Kilpatrick were married; Beatty wasn’t charged in connection with Kilpatrick’s later federal charges.
The November issue of Essence hits newsstands on October 10 — the same day Kilpatrick is scheduled for sentencing in federal court.