Kilpatrick Wants $100 Million from Texting Firm

Published May 21, 2009

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has resurfaced as a salesman for a software and information technology firm in Texas, is hoping to convince a judge that SkyTel should cough up $100 million in damages for leaking embarrassing text-messages that ultimately cost him his job.

Kilpatrick lied under oath about sending thousands of saucy notes to his former chief of staff.

The so-called “Hip-hop Mayor” had told the court that he never sent any messages and that they were the product of a hacker who broke into his pager.

But suddenly the sex-texts emerged, which led to a perjury conviction that landed him in jail for more than three months.

By releasing the texts, Kilpatrick alleges, SkyTel broke federal communications law. The Mississippi-based SkyTel is now defunct, having been purchased by Velocita for $7.5 million.

Written by BET.com News Staff

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