Patti LaBelle Sued in Airport Disturbance
6/9/2011, 5:23 p.m.
A 23-year-old West Point cadet is suing singer Patti LaBelle in an airport ruckus that involved her body guards.
The incident occurred in March at the George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, after LaBelle allegedly ordered the guards to confront Richard King, who had been standing next to her luggage in the passenger pick-up area, according to a Black Voices (BV) online report.
"Apparently, defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in," the lawsuit reportedly states. "LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action ... LaBelle is hot-tempered ... [and] was a full participant in the cruel attack on King. She ordered it, and never tried to stop it."
An airport surveillance tape that was released by King's attorneys - and which has been circulating on the Internet -- showed him being punched and thrown into a cement pillar. BV also reported that King was sent by ambulance to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion.
King is suing LaBelle and three members of her entourage as well as the airport and a taxi dispatcher for unspecified punitive damages.
"I remember waking up the next morning with staples in my head," King was quoted as saying. "I've never been in a fight in my life."