Patti LaBelle Fires Back: Cadet Was Drunk, Racist and Sexist, She Says

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Patti LaBelle, who has been maintaining silence ever since a West Point cadet sued her and her entourage for beating him up at Bush Intercontinental Airport, has finally said something.

Well, her lawyer has. And it came in the form of a countersuit filed in federal court here that claims the cadet was drunk and called her racist and sexist names before the altercation that was caught on video. (Beginning at the 1:30 mark.)

The suit says the cadet, Richard King (he has since been suspended from West Point), was "obviously" drunk and tried to enter LaBelle's car and then made "profane and racial slurs toward" her on March 11.

LaBelle's son, the suit says, told King he was talking to his mother. "Without warning or provocation, King violently and deliberately punched Edwards in the face," the suit says.

King's lawyer responded:

Ms. LaBelle and company are continuing to attack an innocent man by telling the same false story they told the police. Thank goodness we have the surveillance videotape, which speaks volumes, and neutral eyewitnesses who will testify that Richard was brutally assaulted without provocation.

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faithhopelove
faithhopelove

Everyone needs to shut up! She is a very nice woman! She has no reason to pick fights. She is a legend that's why she has security guard. She still tours and is not washed up! So shut up about her! He pushed her son first on the video. They would not attack him for no reason!! Good day!

Noody
Noody

This honestly makes me hate her.

amy
amy

Why does a "celeb" whose not had a hit in three decades need not helpers, but bodyguards? I guarantee the reason people recognize her at all in more in airport is because they see the bodyguards and it gives the appearance of looking important. Don't even think TMZ would bother her.

Kylejack
Kylejack

It's really too bad, because she had a chance at some dignity here.  She wasn't involved in the actual incident directly as best as I can tell, so if she had just said she had nothing to do with it and her security guys got out of hand, people might have been inclined to believe her.

Jack Nutz
Jack Nutz

That is one nasty, lying, has been, whore. 

Jimmyjam
Jimmyjam

She's a racist, her bodyguards and her son.  I hope she loses everything she has. Hate crime.

LibertarianForever123
LibertarianForever123

Patti LaBelle is just trash who deserves to be sued for everything she's got.

chef504
chef504

The videotape shows a man on a mobile. I don't see any attempt to enter any vehicle. I see some gorillas, "because of their size", issuing out a beat down for no reason. I hope the washed out pop star gets taken to the cleaners and her rent a thugs are charged. Does she even need body guards for fuck sake. I could be standing next to her and not know or care.  

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

Hmm, surprise surprise, the race card has been flung.  My only problem with her explanation is I don't see where he tried to enter her car.  I've looked at this more than once, he appears to be on his cell phone and pre-occupied with his call.  Regardless - even if her version is accurate, there is no legal excuse to assault the guy.  You can clearly see at the time of the assualt he was not a threat to anyone.  Of course Ms. Labelle is rich and famous, so I suspect this poor guy ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and her lawyers will bury him.  Salting his wounds, they will add insult to injury. 

Rudygue78
Rudygue78

Liar! Liar! Liar Patty LaBelle.......no respect for you no more! @32be66f5b1392746a956085a6f5b31ed:disqus 

Guest
Guest

She's ridiculous. End of story.

tbarrera9
tbarrera9

@faithhopelove Nope not going to shut up.  She is a bigot, a liar, committed perury.  She hired THUGS to perform a white hate crime.  It's that simple.  Both races can play.  Who the hell does this BI YATCH think she is.  Has been liar.

Max Don
Max Don

Has been is far from describing Patti.  This lady is legend and her concert ticket prices are always $75.00 and above.  You want find Mrs. Patti tickets on sale via Groupon, etc.

Adh
Adh

Clearly at the 1:05 mark the camera shows the young man not on his mobile.  Also, it shows the young man pointing at people passing. Also, later is shows the man constantly standing by the Patti's bags, etc.

tbarrera9
tbarrera9

@Richard Doll No Surprise there Richard.  When all else fails blame it on the opposite race, seems to be a card they play OVER and OVER again.  Ms. Labelle's THUGS are gulty of a hate crime, and since it's okay to blame it on the race card everytime, Ms. Labelle is a BIGOT, LIAR and is guilty of white hate crimes.

Adh
Adh

 Clearly at the 1:05 mark the camera shows the young man not on his mobile.  Also, it shows the young man pointing at people passing. Also, later is shows the man constantly standing by the Patti's bags, etc.

Jim C
Jim C

Next up - Quanell 10.

If Richard King is prejudiced against anyone, it's probably old, overrated ex-pop stars who hired professional thugs to administer beatdowns for their own amusement.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

Yeah.  NOW the story is over cuz u say it is.  Thanks for ending it.  I was really concerned that there might be more to it. 

Susanbhotnot
Susanbhotnot

lol...from the airport she was on her way to a Louisianna casino to sing......

Adh
Adh

At the 1:31 mark the bodyguard confronts the young man.  At the 1:38 mark the young man pushes the bodyguard.  After that, the bodyguard responded.  You all are not seeing the same video as I...I assume.

Adh
Adh

At the 1:31 mark the bodyguard confronts the young man.  At the 1:38 mark the young man pushes the bodyguard.  After that, the bodyguard responded.  You all are not seeing the same video as I...I assume. 

Max Don
Max Don

I hate to agree with ADH, but I do see where the cadet push the guard first.

Kylejack
Kylejack

At 1:38 the man makes an attempt at detente and faces away and takes a few steps. The other guard leans his shoulder in to him, and they jump him.

Eric
Eric

You're absolutely right: we're not seeing the same video as you. You appear to be reading more into it than is there. The "pointing" is consistent with the gesturing he was doing up to that point. Ever see people gesture while talking on the phone? They're not pointing at someone or something visible. Same thing here.

He also seems to be using his phone in a manner I see too many doing: on speaker. Either that, or he's dialing someone else or checking signal strength, and has it down long enough to do that. The phone never leaves his hand nor his attention. The rest of the world isn't there as far as his attention is concerned. You may have noticed this common behavior around your fellow citizens glued to their phones...

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