Patti LaBelle & Lawsuit
June 4, 2011 by Post Team
Patti LaBelle & Lawsuit, Never come between the “Godmother of Soul” and their luggage. That’s the lesson a cadet at West Point says he learned at the airport in Houston, when rates Patti LaBelle security guards abused him.
Richard King, 23, LaBelle is suing over the incident, captured on video surveillance on March 11 at Bush Intercontinental Airport. King, a resident of Houston who is a senior at the military academy, had come home for spring break, when wandering near LaBelle limousine. He was talking to his brother on his cell phone when her bodyguard “went into action,” according to the civil lawsuit filed this week against the singer and her entourage.
“Apparently, defendant believed the king LaBelle was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, although it was aware of her presence,” the lawsuit said. “LaBelle down the window of her limousine and gave an order to a trio of bodyguards.” The lawsuit says LaBelle “seen the vicious assault, with the approval of her limo.”
The video shows King being beaten and falling against a concrete pillar. This is three times up and eventually away from the scene. After an ambulance takes him away, the video shows Houston police officers posing with LaBelle for a photo. The blood is on the ground nearby.
King, who suffered a concussion, cannot remember the incident. “I remember waking up the next morning with staples in her head,” he said. He is the “shock” when watching the video. “I’ve never been in a fight in my life,” he says.
The limousine driver, Zuri Edwards, the son of 37 LaBelle – filed a complaint against the king, but refused to press charges, according to Jody Silva, spokesman for the Houston Police Department.
The police incident report, based on Edwards’ complaint, said that the king was belligerent and was harassing the occupants of the limousine. When asked by step, hit Edwards, and a witness then drove King, says the report of the incident. Edwards and the police officer that arrived on the scene “smelled the odor of alcohol on the suspect,” said Jody Silva, spokesman for the Houston police.
King had a couple of drinks on the plane, according to his lawyer, John Raley. “He was not at all affected,” Raley never said, and hit Edwards. Said King, a defensive back from West Point football team whose grandfather was a college football coach well known in Texas, probably will not be able to play football.
Raley, said King was concentrated in the organization to be collected by his family when the incident occurred. “Not only do not know who was Patti LaBelle, who is not his generation, he is 23 years old, but I knew it was close to any celebrity,” says Raley.
West Point has taken disciplinary action against the king after being notified of the incident by police in Houston, Raley said. He is being broken to private and deployed on active duty. He had been scheduled to graduate in December with the rank of second lieutenant.
King is “outprocessing an administrative act,” said academy spokesman Joe Tombrello. He said he could not discuss details of the status of King, but explained that the cadets who leave the academy after the start of their third year may be eligible for a program under which they serve on active duty for three years and then have the option to return and complete their degree. The option is offered only to those who have “the potential return,” he said.
“I’ll do what my country tells me to do. I’ll give it everything,” says King, who hopes to implement in the coming months and hopes to return to West Point and graduated in 2013.
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