June 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Privacy spurred Kilpatrick move

Lawyer for ex-mayor says publicity caused unwelcome attention

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Detroit --An attorney for Kwame Kilpatrick say autograph hounds and publicity seekers compelled the former mayor to move into a $1 million mansion in a gated community in Texas last weekend.

"He really needed some privacy for his wife and children," explained attorney Michael Alan Schwartz, who added that as long as Kilpatrick keeps current on his court-mandated restitution, it's nobody's business how the ex-mayor pays his bills. "People from Detroit were showing up. People would just drive by."

Schwartz added the new home will cost the Kilpatricks the same $2,700 a month they had been paying to lease the smaller home in another part of Southlake, Texas.

That's because a benefactor, whom Schwartz won't identify, is making up the difference, he said.

Earlier Schwartz had complained in court that, after paying his bills and court-mandated restitution, Kilpatrick only had $6 a month left for walking-around money.

The anonymous donor isn't Covisint, its parent company Compuware or its CEO Peter Karmanos, a long-time supporter and friend of Kilpatrick's. "The answers are the same for the companies and Pete. Neither had anything to do with the house," Lisa Elkins, vice president of communications for Compuware said today.

A spokeswoman for Kilpatrick's mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick -- who paid for a private plane after he left jail -- had no immediate comment.

Schwartz said Texas probation officials, who are monitoring Kilpatrick, have been notified of the address changes.

Before the brouhaha over Kilpatrick's new home, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy claimed Kilpatrick hasn't fully disclosed all his assets and demanded to know why Michigan and Texas probation officials haven't charged him with probation violations. On Monday, he made good on the tardy $3,500 portion of a $6,000 payment toward the $1 million in restitution he agreed to pay as part of a plea to end the text-message scandal.

Late Tuesday, Wayne County Judge David Groner had not yet made a decision whether or not to hold the hearing.