Detroit mayor: God is punishing me 

Image: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick attends a hearing April 11, 2008, in Detroit, Michigan. Bill Pugliano / Getty Images file
/ Source: The Associated Press

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Saturday that God is punishing him for his "disobedience."

The mayor addressed a crowd at Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit. He and his former chief of staff face perjury and other charges stemming from their testimony during a whistle-blower trial last year.

Kilpatrick told the crowd: "I'm not being whupped by the devil; I am being punished by my God. I know that my disobedience put me in the situation I am in."

His address was part of a Detroit Manpower Movement event aimed at getting more black men involved in volunteer efforts.

Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty denied having a romantic relationship, but excerpts of text messages that they sent contradict their testimony.