Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says there’s good reason he can’t afford to make a $79,011 restitution payment he owes from the text messaging scandal: He has to maintain a high-class lifestyle for his job.

That contention is at the heart of an emergency motion Kilpatrick filed this week with the Michigan Court of Appeals in an attempt to postpone a probation-violation hearing. Kilpatrick, who owes a total of $1 million in restitution, is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday for failing to make a $79,011 payment by a Feb. 19 deadline.