Former police corruption monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood is asking the U.S. District Court in Detroit to dismiss a lawsuit asking for the return of $10 million in fees paid to her and her firms, while she was secretly having an affair with former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The city sued the parties claiming she breached her duties as an unbiased monitor of the Detroit police department, part of a consent-decree action following a federal probe into police department wrongdoings.
Her lawyer, Peter B. Kupelian, wrote in his filing with the court on Friday that the $10 million was paid to her employers, not her, and that they were unaware of her inappropriate actions involving Kilpatrick. The filing said that all the work was completed to the satisfaction of the consent decree and that as such, the payments were deemed fully earned.
Kupelian said that the lawsuit was politically motivated. “It appears the city is seeking to gain political favor with the citizens of Detroit by seeking disgorgement of all fees paid to the monitor team for work that was fully completed.”
The filing contends that Robinson Woods had “communications” and “alleged meetings” with Kilpatrick for only a portion of the time she was a federal monitor, and that she had no communication with him whatsoever when her firms were being interviewed for the assignment.
The exact nature of the relationship between Robinson Woods and Kilpatrick has never been fully disclosed, although the parties involved admitted that it was “inappropriate.” A federal judge who examined numerous text messages between the two decided not to make the messages public.
Two weeks ago, a lawyer for the family of slain stripper Tamara “Strawberry” Greene, who claimed to have had an affair with the ex-mayor, accused Robinson Wood of also having a sexual relationship with him.
The Detroit News