Kwame Kilpatrick's former lover files for bankruptcy

Former Detroit mayor's ex-chief of staff, Christine Beatty, is almost $400,000 in debt

ATLANTA - Kwame Kilpatrick's former Chief of Staff has filed for bankruptcy in Georgia.

The filing, from Oct. 26, shows Beatty is almost $400,000 in debt.

Bankruptcy court will allow her to drop most of her debt, but not the $100,000 restitution she owes to the City of Detroit.

Christine Beatty made headlines in 2008 when text messages surfaced between her and the ex-mayor revealing a romantic relationship and their plans to fire the Detroit Police Chief. The messages also showed the duo was using Detroit money to fund romantic trips.

Beatty denied these allegations during the trial while under oath and was convicted of perjury.

Who is Christine Beatty?

Christine Rowland Beatty served as the Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2008 to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Beatty, who was born Christine L. Rowland, graduated from Cass Tech High School with Kwame Kilpatrick and was voted its "most-popular student" in 1988 and was a Majorette. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a master's degree from Wayne State University.

She married Lou Beatty and they have two children. The marriage ended in divorce in 2006.

In January 2008, Beatty resigned amid an emerging political-sex scandal and criminal charges of perjury related to a whistleblower trial for lying under oath about their extramarital affair and that they sought to mislead jurors when they testified that they did not fire Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown. She was offered several plea bargains from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy--one for as little as 150 days of prison timeā€”but she has refused. Beatty was a respondent in a $25,000 settled slander lawsuit initiated by two other police officers.

On December 1, 2008, Beatty agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts, serve 120 days in jail, pay $100,000 in restitution, and be on probation for five years. She was sentenced and began her jail term on January 6, 2009.

On March 16, 2009, Beatty was released from Wayne County Jail having served 69 days of her sentence. She now lives in Atlanta.

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