DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s former mistress and chief of staff is scheduled to appear in a TV series produced by Queen Latifah.
Christine Beatty is among those being featured in “From the Bottom Up,” which chronicles the lives of women trying to turn their lives around.READ MORE: Highland Park Shooting Suspect Bobby Crimo III Charged With 7 Counts Of First-Degree Murder
The Detroit Free Press reports the six-episode show is scheduled to premiere Jan. 16 on the Black Entertainment Television network’s Centric channel, billed as “the first network designed for black women.”
Beatty’s attorney Mayer Morganroth told The Detroit News that it’s “a very nice thing for her” and “brings her out of several years of sadness” back into public life.
It’s not yet clear what Beatty will delve into on the show. A short video trailer for the series shows only a quick shot of Beatty — wearing a solemn expression, her hair in a bun and dangling earrings — standing on a balcony. In a voice over she says: “We started having an affair.”READ MORE: Recession Concerns Loom, Financial Experts Say Don't Make Emotional Decisions
Both Beatty and Kilpatrick in 2008 resigned their respective positions and served jail time after lying under oath about their affair and sexually explicit text messages during a wrongful dismissal suit brought by a Detroit police officer.
Since her release, Betty has been living in Georgia while paying court-ordered restitution to Detroit.
According to a report out early this year, the IRS twice this year filed tax liens against Beatty, accusing her of owing $26,472 in income taxes. She previously filed for bankruptcy in 2012, saying she was $390,000 in debt.
Kilpatrick, meantime, is serving a 28-year federal sentence on a separate 2013 corruption conviction on two dozen counts, from tax evasion to bribery. A three-judge panel in August affirmed his conviction, and, in October, an appeals court declined to take a second look at the case.MORE NEWS: Beech Leaf Disease Found In St. Clair County
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