MISSISSIPPI – Former Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick is suing SkyTel for releasing text messages he sent to his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty. These text messages, on city issued Skytel pagers, were sexually explicit and revealed that the two used city funds for their romantic trips, and planned to fire police chief Gary Brown. The Detroit Free Press reports:
SkyTel, which is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, is also trying to exclude the testimony of a psychiatrist who says Kilpatrick suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the text scandal. SkyTel says it was an unreliable diagnosis for a number of reasons, including that the doctor never actually met Kilpatrick, but only interviewed him for six minutes by telephone, and that his interviews with family members – Kilpatrick’s wife, mother and sister — were littered with leading questions.
In the interview, Carlita Kilpatrick also told the psychiatrist that the text message scandal prevented her from working on her troubled marriage and healing from her husband’s extra-marital affair,