Tony Soave was the focal point in the first day of testimony in the Kwame Kilpatrick Corruption Trial. Kilpatrick’s former bodyguards testified that Kilpatrick used Soave’s jets many times to fly across the country. They continued to say that Soave seemed like a friend to the former mayor, flying him and his family to Florida, Bermuda with Bobby Ferguson and others. A New York trip was also mentioned where Kilpatrick shopped with Christine Beatty.
However, according to court documents, Soave is now stating that he was forced to give Kilpatrick free jet trips, courtside Piston tickets and other items in order for him to retain his large city contracts. According to Soave’s spokesperson, her client can’t make any comment, as he’s set to testify later on in the trial.