Beatty to appear in TV series on ‘falling from grace’
If reality TV seems to be popping up everywhere, get ready for more trials and tribulations of Christine Beatty, the disgraced former paramour and chief of staff of convicted ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Beatty will be featured in a new cable television series that will debut next month and feature four other women who, “after falling from grace,” are trying to turn their lives around. It signals a return to the public arena after her reluctance to open up about the text-message scandal that chased her and Kilpatrick from office.
The six-part docuseries “From the Bottom Up” begins on BET’s Centric channel Jan. 16. The executive producers of the series include singer and actress Queen Latifah.
The series will offer “an unfettered view into their world and the organic chaos within their individual lives.”
It will be “real, raw, gritty” from women who are “smiling on the outside, but two minutes from dying on the inside.”
Beatty, 45, has rarely opened up about her personal struggles since her guilty plea stemming from the lies she told under oath in connection with a whistle-blower civil trial in which Beatty and Kilpatrick were asked about their extramarital affair.
She resigned in 2008 after text messages she traded with Kilpatrick emerged showing she and Kilpatrick lied about the affair. She served 69 days of a four-month jail sentence in 2009.
Kilpatrick served four months in jail and was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution. He later served 18 months in prison after a judge ruled he violated his probation. In 2013, he was convicted of public corruption in federal court and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
In a personal essay for the October 2013 issue of Essence magazine, Beatty dished about her romance with Kilpatrick. “He made me laugh, he made me angry, he propelled me to ecstasy and he reduced me to tears,” Beatty said.
Beatty left Detroit in 2010 to settle in the Atlanta area. After relocating, she found work as a $102,250-a-year business consultant. But two years later, her annual income had plummeted to $34,300. She fell into debt and filed for bankruptcy, according to her attorney, Mayer Morganroth, who praised Beatty’s involvement in the show.
“I think it’s a very nice thing for her,” Morganroth said Sunday. “It’s good for her. It brings her out of several years of sadness. It brings her back (into public life).”
Morganroth said his client is a consultant these days and is current on her restitution payments to the city of Detroit.
Beatty was freed from court oversight in December 2013 after being released from her five-year probation. The release does not mean she is not obligated to continue paying her $500 monthly restitution payments. It is the city’s responsibility now to collect it.
The other women in the series are actress and singer Sara Stokes, a 38-year-old Detroit native who was part of Sean Combs’ “Making the Band” on MTV.
Stokes was jailed for domestic violence in connection with a fight with her husband.
Federal investigators say Kim Smedley earned at least $1.3 million from her buttocks injections business. Authorities say she injected clients with industrial-strength silicone in hotel rooms across the country, including Detroit.
Smedley, a 47-year-old Atlanta resident, was ordered to pay $25,000 in fines in the case and more than $8,000 in restitution, the Atlanta World newspaper reported.
Stacii Jae Johnson, a high-level staff member of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office, and Chrystale Wilson, are also cast members. Johnson was forced to resign following a traffic stop on suspicion of drinking and driving. Wilson played “Ronnie” in the movie “Players Club.”