Kilpatrick to be deposed in slain dancer lawsuit

Detroit— Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be forced to answer questions publicly under oath today for the first time in the long-running civil case filed by the family of slain exotic dancer Tamara “Strawberry” Greene.

It is the start of a busy and possibly contentious week for Kilpatrick, who will be deposed Wednesday inside the federal prison in Milan by lawyers representing SkyTel, the city’s former text message provider.

The Greene family lawsuit accuses the former mayor and the city of obstructing an investigation into the woman’s unsolved death.

Greene allegedly performed at a rumored Manoogian Mansion party in 2002 and later was killed in an unsolved shooting.

Greene family lawyer Norman Yatooma is trying to prove whether Kilpatrick or the city intentionally destroyed e-mails that could shed light on the woman’s death.

Yatooma is not expecting much from Kilpatrick during today’s hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen in federal court in Detroit. The hearing will be in U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman’s larger courtroom to accommodate the media.

“After I get his name out of him, he’ll simply know nothing more,” Yatooma said. “He is a well-proven, weathered, accomplished liar. I say this from experience.”

The city and Kilpatrick lawyer James C. Thomas, who could not be reached for comment, are seeking to dismiss the case.

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