DETROIT – More sexually explicit text messages between the city's former mayor and his ex-chief of staff were released Thursday, just days before Kwame Kilpatrick goes to jail for lying about their affair.
Christine Beatty, Kilpatrick's one-time top aide, tried to keep them sealed. But a Wayne County judge ordered them on the public record, and the Michigan Court of Appeals refused to stop him.
One series of messages from November 2003 goes on for more than an hour as Beatty describes what she would do with Kilpatrick if they were together.
"Don't STOP! PLEASE," Kilpatrick replies.
The court filing also contains a message to an unidentified woman, who told Kilpatrick in July 2003 that she has "goose bumps" and can't wait to see him.
The messages were filed by prosecutors to show that Kilpatrick and Beatty sent and received them on city pagers.
"Wouldn't the mayor of a major American city complain to someone if he was receiving these types of messages by accident?" assistant prosecutor Robert Moran wrote.
The messages are just a portion of the thousands possessed by prosecutors. But they help form the backbone of the case against Beatty, who is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice over her testimony in a civil trial last year.
Prosecutors support the release, but Beatty's lawyers say the contents could turn potential jurors against Beatty.
The judge said he wouldn't unseal any that would jeopardize attorney-client privilege or communication between spouses.
Beatty and Kilpatrick last year in court denied having an extramarital affair. But messages published in January by the Detroit Free Press revealed a steamy relationship and sparked eight months of political turmoil at City Hall.
Kilpatrick, a Democrat, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice on Sept. 4 and is scheduled to go to jail Tuesday. Beatty has turned down offers to plead guilty and is headed for trial early next year.
Click here to read Kilpatrick's resignation letter (PDF).