Woman: I Witnessed Stripper’s Beat Down
DETROIT — A stripper said she got $1,000 to perform at a dope-fueled party at the Detroit mayor’s mansion and saw Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife attack a woman who was giving the then-mayor a lap dance, according to court documents a lawyer released Sunday.
Tamika Ruffin’s statement came in a legal brief filed by Norman Yatooma, lawyer for another stripper killed months after the long-rumored 2002 party. U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen on Friday ordered Yatooma to file an unsealed response to efforts by Kilpatrick and the city to dismiss a lawsuit by the family of Tamara Greene, 27. She was shot to death in 2003, and her family sued Kilpatrick, the city and others, saying they suppressed an investigation of the killing.
No one has been charged in her fatal shooting.
According to Yatooma’s brief, obtained by Local 4, Tamika Ruffin gave a deposition in which she said guests got marijuana and cocaine at the 2002 party, and 10 police officers attended.
Ruffin said Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita, entered the party, saw Greene giving her husband a lap dance and began punching her, according to the brief. Carlita Kilpatrick then began hitting Greene with a table leg or piece of lumber, Ruffin was quoted as saying.
City officials and Kilpatrick, who resigned in 2008 and now is in a state prison for lying in another civil case, have denied such a party took place. They also have denied squelching the investigation of Greene’s death.
Ruffin said Greene stayed at her home several months after the party. Ruffin said during that period, Carlita Kilpatrick repeatedly called Ruffin’s cell phone and threatened her.
“The wild party and unlawful assault by Carlita Kilpatrick were all the motivation the obviously corrupt Kilpatrick required to cover up the investigation into Greene’s murder,” Yatooma wrote in the brief. “After all, who would notice just one more unsolved homicide into the City of Detroit?”
In the brief filed Sunday, Yatooma also said Sheryl Robinson Wood, a federal court-appointed monitor appointed to oversee Detroit’s compliance with the rights of prisoners, was fired because of her affair with the married Kilpatrick.