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LaBelle Accused Of Ordering Attack

01:01 PM Friday 6/3/11 | |

Patti LaBelle has been accused of ordering a beatdown of a passerby at George H.W. Bush Intercontinental airport in Houston in March.

Richard King has filed a lawsuit claiming he was attacked by LaBelle's security March 11 after apparently getting too close to her luggage. Security camera footage, released by King's legal representation, shows King near LaBelle's limousine as her luggage is on the loading area curbside. Soon King is struck by someone and can be seen struggling to regain his footing.

He eventually stumbles inside the airport and was sent by ambulance to a hospital. His attorney, John Raley, said King was diagnosed with a concussion.

King, 23, is a senior at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was on spring break when he flew home to Houston and was waiting for his brother and father to pick him up, according to the lawsuit.

"He didn't know who Patti LaBelle was, she's not in his generation," Raley told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

LaBelle thought King was standing too close to her luggage, rolled down the window of her limousine and "gave a command to her bodyguards" who "sprang into action," according to the lawsuit.

The surveillance footage shows King near the limousine, holding his cell phone in front of him. He appears to have a brief conversation with LaBelle's security. Then, one of the men chest-bumps King, who responds with a push of the right hand. Two men and one woman surround King, with one of them throwing a punch.

Zuri Edwards, LaBelle's limousine driver, says in a police incident report that King was verbally abusive and hit him after King was asked to move as staffers approached the luggage carts, according to the Houston Chronicle. Police said Edwards suffered a bruise on his face but did not want to press charges.

Raley told the Chronicle King might undergo medical testing to determine the extent of his injuries. King was a defensive player for the Army football team but his doctor has advised him to give up the game for a year, Raley said.

King seeks unspecified damages against LaBelle, three bodyguards, a taxi dispatcher and the airport.

A publicist for LaBelle was not available at press time.

Click here for the Philadelphia Inquirer article and here for the Houston Chronicle’s account.


  1. fireball11 wrote:

    09:00 PM, Jun 05, 2011

    She should totally be forced to pay up; I love her, but after seeing this video, find it so dis-heartening that three of her bodyguards caused great injury to someone who was on his cell phone.

    Nobody needs three bodyguards.  Extremely arrogant of her.

    Who would beat up an old-school singer anyway? :)  Neil Young is as famous as here (even moreso in a way), and he always walks about freely; going to Sharks games and what not.  Never any bodyguards.

  2. hooterville2 wrote:

    05:16 PM, Jun 05, 2011

    that guy is just standing in the waiting area talking on his cell phone when Patti LaBelle orders her thugs to assault him....this is outrageous....i hope he gets millions from her arrogant over the hill entitled elitist ass!  And the thugs should do jail time....plus the security cops should be fired for pausing for fan pics with her instead of arresting her

  3. gregb511 wrote:

    09:16 PM, Jun 04, 2011

    Patti LABELLE and her thugs should go to jail.   Hopefully the west point cadet will get a huge monetary judgement against this arrogant witch.  The rest of us should BOYCOTT PATTI LABELLE!!   Pittsburgh PRIDE festival next weekend should tell Patti Labellle to get lost.

  4. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    08:46 PM, Jun 04, 2011

    Elvis Presley had to fire some close security guys cause of their overly violent treatment of fans at some shows.Sounds like she needs an enema also.She always had the real big,fancy hair and dresses.I'm sure she's really materialistic too.Shame on her.

  5. hooterville2 wrote:

    09:35 AM, Jun 04, 2011

    holy crap....there should be jail time for the thug "bodyguards" and a huge $$$$ lawsuit against that arrogant scumbag Patti LeBelle

  6. Trainarollin wrote:

    03:22 PM, Jun 03, 2011

    The last 30 seconds is the best part. Hoston Police posing for photos with LaBelle, ingnoring the 6 pack of whoop ass her (cough) 3 body guards released on the poor cracker.

  7. Trainarollin wrote:

    03:15 PM, Jun 03, 2011

    Three Bodyguards ? Huhhhh.

    Bob Dylan gets along fine with just one.

  8. JETKAT wrote:

    01:32 PM, Jun 03, 2011

    Sue her a$$.   Arrogant celeb

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