Patti LaBelle Sued for Assault by West Point Cadet (UPDATED With Incredible Video)

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UPDATE September 24, 2014: A federal jury cleared Patti LaBelle and her entourage in the beating of a West Point cadet at George Bush International Airport.

Airport security camera footage shows what appears to be at least two members of singer Patti LaBelle's entourage beating a West Point cadet who was waiting to be picked up by his father and brother.

The footage, provided by lawyers for Richard King, does not appear to show King instigating the assault. King, dressed in a yellow shirt, is seen talking on his cell phone a few feet from a limo, occupied by LaBelle, and an SUV. At one point, one of LaBelle's guards confronts King; another (extremely large) man appears, and the two beat him back toward a pillar as a woman swoops in out of nowhere. (Action starts about the 1:30 mark of the video.)

King tries to get up but can't regain his balance. He eventually staggers back toward the sliding-door baggage claim entrance. Meanwhile, Houston police gather on the scene, just feet from a pool of King's blood, and take photos with LaBelle, who graciously exits the limo.

HPD Spokesman Vincent Senties told us that witnesses told police that "a male by the name of Richard King struck a limo driver in the face and then he was pushed to the ground." He also said no charges were filed and that, when questioned, King could not recall the incident.

But lawyers John Raley and Robert Bowick told us that one witness -- a woman who appears in the video, helping King onto a stretcher -- told police a different version, but police were not interested. (The lawyers said they took the woman's statement but declined to release it today.)

After Houston police spoke with West Point officials, Raley said, King was booted out of the academy for one year and is required to serve as an enlisted man on active duty. He will likely be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Afterwards, King may apply for readmission to West Point and, if accepted, the earliest he could graduate is 2013, Raley said.

"All he remembers is talking on the phone to his brother, and then he was attacked," Raley said. He also said that the injuries from the attack prohibited him from playing football for the West Point team -- Raley said King was to be a starting defensive back.

We're still waiting to hear from LaBelle's people.

(Our original item:)

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Patti LaBelle: Was she too excited?
"Lady Marmalade" singer Patti LaBelle is a bloodthirsty she-demon, according to a lawsuit filed by a West Point cadet who says the golden-throated diva ordered her entourage to kick the holy hell out of him at Bush Intercontinental Airport last March.

Filed Wednesday in Harris County District Court, the suit by Richard C. King claims the future-second-lieutenant was waiting for his family in the passenger pickup area when LaBelle and her bodyguards, en route to a Louisiana gig, passed him on their way to a stretch limo and SUV.

"Apparently, Defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in," according to the suit. (Note: Hair Balls' confidence is completely reinforced by the fact that a military man was completely oblivious to the fact that the Acid fucking Queen and a cadre of big burly bodygyuards walked right by him. Feelin' scared, al-Queda?)

In prose so purple it would make Mickey Spillane blush, the suit describes how the "violent, paid thugs" "pounced forward and swing their fists at [King's] face. He tried but was unable to block their punches. His head snapped back as he tried to back away from his assailants. At no time -- ever -- did King try to strike the Defendants, who lunged into him again....punching King in the face and body and knocking him backwards, eventually driving the back of his head into a concrete-and-stone pillar.

"His blood splattered the concrete and his clothes, then pooled beneath him as he lay helpless on his back, with a severe concussion. Defendant LaBelle's ruffians stood over him awhile, taunting him, then strutted away. At no time -- ever -- did Defendant LaBelle try to stop her personally hired hoodlums from attacking King,. She watched the vicious assault, with approval, from, her limousine." [Note to self: Create a Patti LaBelle tribute band called Defendant LaBelle's Ruffians.]

King suffered "a severe head injury, blood loss, and deep lacerations and contusions over his body," according to the suit.

But making things even worse, the suit alleges that one of the guards, Zuri Kye Edwards, accused King of starting things in the first place. "When questioned by Houston police officers, Defendants lied and conveyed defamatory information about King. They said, among other things that King assaulted and battered Defendant Edwards (perhaps injuring Edwards' fists with King's face) and that King even assaulted Defendant LaBelle. The Houston police officers conveyed this false and defamatory information to King's superiors at West Point. The amount of detriment to his military career caused by these false statements is still at issue."

Moreover, according to the suit, LaBelle took photos with the officers as they all stood "triumphantly over the pooled blood of King. "In addition to LaBelle's alleged responsibility for the attack, the suit names a taxi dispatcher and the airport itself, which is allegedly liable because it lacked the security to protect defenseless patrons from roving bands of sadistic R&B singers. (Whenever Hair Balls travels, we keep our eyes peeled for the especially brutal Chaka Kahn, as well as Roberta Flack, whose bloody bounty is known to include necklaces adorned with the severed ears of her prey.)

We're waiting to hear from King's attorneys, as well as LaBelle's agent in Pennsylvania. We just hope she doesn't get mad and cut us.


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utbro423
utbro423

Man he got kicked out of west point, he has to pay all the money back for school and then was deployed to Iraq and still lost the case..LOL


If you gonna call someone names at least be able to run fast..lol



Jjsavich
Jjsavich

God, I fucking hate niggers!

Spencer
Spencer

First thing that I thought, was that the yellow shirt guy was drunk.

His bright yellow shirt has no blood on it. The "blood spill" could be any dark liquid. It's not red. Why is the video so out of sync? A lot of questions to be answered, and a whole lot of prejudging going on!

Hopefloatsup
Hopefloatsup

I will never listen to another Patti Labelle song and will speak out against her every chance I get.  How could she sit there and allow this to happen to any individual?

I am the mom of a West Point cadet -- this kid was dedicating his life to serve and protect America.  Cadet King worked years to achieve an appointment into West Point - probably since he was in 7-8th grade ... and she took his dream away in seconds!

Where is the loyalty from West Point to their own?  It's a sad day when more respect and honor is given to a washed up entertainer (or any entertainer for that fact) than a member of the United States Army!

Redwhiteblackbleveteran
Redwhiteblackbleveteran

Just another story of blatant Negrocrime with an apathetic police presence and a public Hell bent onmulticulturalism.  For those who have had enough and want to consideralternatives please google TAK KKK and fill out an application. 

 

agingdivahater
agingdivahater

Another aging has-been diva, trying to propel the image that she's somehow relevant ! Not...

Troy General
Troy General

This is ridiculous! Who did she pay to lie that this man instigated this attack? This was brutal and senseless and I hope her fat old ass goes broke after paying restitution. 

Sarge
Sarge

Houston "police"? What WOULD you expect ? They are kisssing ass to money. Like they shouldnt have enough put away already.THIS IS WHY I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR A FUCKING PIG

Karma survivor[so far]
Karma survivor[so far]

As for the bodyguards it wont take any legal problems to open their eyes [or swell them shut} There is this thing called Karma that I used to think was a big joke a long time ago. I have seen it and experienced it over and over again. If you live long enough it ALWAYS comes right back to you. Unfortunately the longer it takes the more interest it demands. The same thing you think is funny now can make you literally cry later. People know when Karma pays them a visit,some just dont want to admit it.

Sosad
Sosad

Also Houston Press consider monitoring comments being made.  People who post racist comments should be deleted. 

Guest
Guest

You know all these hateful, racist comments about Patti LaBelle.  I have never heard of her doing drugs are being in the press for anything negative.  What I saw was the cadet push one of those body guards first.  Many entertainers have stalkers and such and have to be very careful.  I could not tell where Patti was during the actual fight but she may not have been paying attention that could have been a call her body guards felt they needed to make.  None of this has anything to do with her weight or the fact that she is black.I am sad that my children still have to live in this world with some people who think like some of you posting think.  You have a very small, simple minds when all you can see is color and race and bring it back to that.  Those could have been the bodyguards of any major performer (white black or hispanic) bottom line is you can't get close to those people acting weird and shoving body guards they have to protect themselves and the artist on a completely different level. 

jay
jay

would like to post something hate filled about the perps getting theirs...

Npra54
Npra54

labelle is a fat "hasbeen" troll that still has a few dollars tucked away. currently  she has no real significance in the the music business or in any other capacity (and hasn't had for over 30 years). she pretends that she is still significant by having her paid "darkie apes" attack an innocent bystander. she was probably incensed because he (along with most people today) was clueless as to who the hell this fat, unattractive colored women was. tough break for the dumpy hasbeen and her uneducated security "chimps" when nobody gives a rip about you; except for a few low paid uneducated texas cops...just her type! labelle (fat colored whore that she is) and her trained chimps make me sick.

Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson

Those security guards were on that guy faster than Patti Labelle on a ham sandwich!

Dumb Asses
Dumb Asses

Maybe all of you idiots are watching a different video, because the one I see has no audio, so whoever can sit here and type that Patti had him attacked is fucked up! After this woman has been in the spotlight for over FIVE decades how many times has this type of thing happened, and now she is a "blood thirsty acid fucking queen"Go Fuck yourselves!!!

Samuel Dackson
Samuel Dackson

Hey, Houston Press, post the entire video.  This video on this site been edited to leave out the part where the cadet is put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.   The cadet was stripped of his rank and is now being deployed as a result.  So, instead of graduating as an officer, he is now a private and being sent to either Iraq or Afghanistan.  SHAME ON YOU Patti Labelle for your arrogance!  You just cost the dignity and future of a US Soldier defending your freedom!

See the unedited version of the video here: 

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i...

The details of the cadet demoted to private.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertai...

Maryannahilden
Maryannahilden

God my have given Ms. LaBelle a beautiful voice; but, white or black the woman's still a c***.

Eric Jones
Eric Jones

Patti LaBelle sucks and I hope she gets the crap sued out of her.  She is fat and ugly too.

Chris
Chris

There is no just cause for beating someone up 3 on 1 even if he was standing too close. The guy was clearly talking on the phone with one hand/arm occupied to do anything. The dominant hand holds the cell phone, he defenseless unless he wants to damage his phone by throwing out a punch with the dominant hand.

I'm a minority, these thugs should keep their violence in check. LaBelle should settle out of court. The police rarely look at footage when immediately on the scene and can only rely on what is said by the parties. The cadet might of had a few drinks and his situational awareness wasnt there. With what is on the footage the cadet had severe enough head trauma to blackout and not be able to regain his balance, which further indicates the brain was injured. With 3 on 1 they should have just restrained him without throwing punches.

JandJ
JandJ

Strange. Ever since Obama was elected, US blacks are acting more and more uncivilized.  According to the video, LaBelle's thugs pushed or hit the Army cadet King first. King pushed back simply wanting to talk on his cell phone.  Then the thugs really started pushing and hitting King.  LaBelle should have her black fat butt sued bigtime along with her thugs.

Mike Stephens
Mike Stephens

Tony, that's just stupid.  Intoxicated or not, who knows.  It doesn't say he was checked.  Regardless, you just watched him get hit in the face several times and he ended up with a concussion.He likely will not go back to Westpoint even if they say he can.  I wouldn't.I've never heard of the singer before and don't care.  I do know body guards and security guards have VERY strict rules and after seeing this tape the cops should've arrested them all.

BLESSED
BLESSED

YOU ALL FAIL TO MENTION IN THIS ARTICLE THAT THE MAN WAS INTOXICATED.

TONY
TONY

You all should really get the facts before writing reckless articles on HUMANITARIAN and  mother Patti Labelle. WHAT YOU ALL FAIL TO MENTION IN THIS ARTICLE WAS THAT THE CADET WAS INTOXICATED. Thats the reason he didn't  remember anything and the reason why only one person out of ALL the people walking by told a different story. This Aurthur and story is so obviously BIAS. Out of all the songs (Including her GOSPEL ALBUM) Patti Labelle have done yall gone pick a song THATS NOT HER SONG. AND THAT SHE SONG ONE TIME  AS STAND IN AND FRIEND FOR TINA TURNER.

12345
12345

Patti LaBelle and her thugs need to go to jail for this. Anyone else would. Just because she's a rich stuck-up bitch who thinks she's royalty doesn't excuse a thing.

Lynb362002
Lynb362002

These Houston cops who posed for a picture with her all need to be fired. Not suspended with pay, Fired with extreme predjudice! Can't they look at the video too? Hey Chief McClellend, did you hire and train these morons personally?

Reader 49
Reader 49

Celebrities need to get over themselves. This young man was in the wrong place at the wrong time -- nothing more. Sadly, it sure has messed up his life. I hope he sues them all for all they have. LaBelle is as much a thug as her goons for expecting them to rough up people she thinks get too close in this case her luggage. Let's just give celebrities their own section at airports and public places. They can foot the bill for these privileged places, but at least the public would be safe from being beat up or otherwise abused by these egomaniacs and their thugs that think they are better than everyone else. I guess the only problem would be airports would be unprotected as the police fawn and hover around the celebrities. West Point need to reinstate this young man's appointment.

NASA_guy
NASA_guy

Who does Patti LaBelle think she is?? O. J. Simpson!!!

poohbehrab
poohbehrab

@Hopefloatsup I'm the mom of a midshipman at Annapolis I would hunt her and her gang down like animals!!!

Doc
Doc

Hope the cadet gets all the fat whore's money.  He can then easily pay back the Army for his tuition and find a different career choice.  Regulations also allow soldiers to get out of the Army if they win the lottery due to such a financial change, so maybe after Mr. King wrings this bitch out for all her and her goons gold teeth he can qualify.   

Sosad
Sosad

Get professional help. 

Jake_V
Jake_V

yes ma'am.

I'm glad you curbed the racism before someone could troll along and say...'you only called her a cunt cause shes BLACK'

Chris
Chris

also the airline will have record of how many drinks he bought and whether he was unruely on the flight, I doubt he was since the flight didnt get diverted. A blood alcohol level is usually run in the ER he went to if he sustained a head injury and was out for a few seconds or had alcohol on his breath. I any case the incident is indefencible in regards to the conduct of the thugs.

PhillyJ
PhillyJ

That's a stupid thing to say. I Guess while we're being "uncivilized" white people are just killing their kids, molesting kids, scamming americans out of their life savings, telling everyone the world is going to end......I could go on and on bitch

Djm9063
Djm9063

Where is your proof that he was? Was there a toxicology report? No....Tony stick with the facts.

common sense
common sense

So what if he had been drinking? Do you think everyone who has a drink is fair game for being beaten up?

He had at least one drink, but where's the evidence that he was intoxicated? Even if he was drunk out of his mind, it's clear from the video he was assaulted and beaten by thugs.

I don't care how many gospel albums Labelle has made. She was party to an assault. Maybe she should practice what she preaches. And what does being a mother have to do with anything?

hypatiab7
hypatiab7

I didn't see any mention of the cadet being intoxicated. And,even if he was, so what? That makes it okay to beat him up for being near Labelle's tons of luggage? Sorry, it doesn'tmake it okay. And whether or not she has been a humanitariandoesn't matter. In this case she allowed her employees to beat up a man who did nothing and she did not do anything to stop them.

By the way, all the shouting in your message just shows how your anger is ruling your head. This also shows in how poorly written your message was. If you want to get a point across, please learn to control your temper. In fact, your mesage is so poorly written, irt makes you sound intoxicated.

Also, the cadet's memory could have been affected by the fact that he'd been that he'd been socked several timesand lost a lot of blood. He probably had a concussion.

Finally, several people said that they wanted to report what they'd seen. As soon as it was obvious that they wanted to support the cadet, they were either ignored or their story not reported.

npra54
npra54

 WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!   WHAT YOU ALL FAIL TO MENTION IN THIS ARTICLE WAS THAT THE CADET WAS INTOXICATED... WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!...the idiot cops never established a blood alcohol level, they simply said that he "smelled" like had alcohol on his breath. these cops are so typically stupid the didn't even test him...opinions are inadmissible in court. THESE COPS ARE FAR BETTER AT TAKING THEIR PICTURES WITH STUPID BLACK HASBEEN SINGERS THAD DOING THEIR JOBS.

Jake_V
Jake_V

you, my friend, are the definition of an idiotic fool.

Look it up, it says TONY (in all caps).

I don't give a fuck what she's done....treating people like that = jail time bud.  Get your head out of your ass and take a wiff of something other than your own scent.

Mike Sarkisian
Mike Sarkisian

The only folks claiming he was intoxicated are the LaBelle entourage!  If you look at the video, you see King walk across the street without any sign of intoxication.  Read the story again, there is no mention of other witnesses other than the LaBelle folks except for King attorney referring to a woman who said things that were opposite of what LaBelle's folks said.  Clearly Kin was on the phone when he was attacked!  There may be more, but in civil court, this is a no brainer.  If charges are filed against the body guards and they are convicted....the civil trial will not even go to court!

Noose
Noose

Just niggers doing what niggers do

M Man
M Man

Wow! Look at the jury go to work. Without audio people are great at knowing the truth. Unless there is another camera angle to show what started it, Any of your comments are of no worth. I hope the truth is revealed and justice is truely served here. No one should be above the law. But then again in America unfortunately the law is not always upheld.Where was airport security, and I am waiting for the recorded cam/celluar footage. NOTHING goes on that long with that many people without being videoed. Strange that most of the people just ignored what was going on in the video.

Lmag276
Lmag276

Interesting if they thought he was intoxicated why was there no blood alcohol drawn!

hypatiab7
hypatiab7

Who can I contact to report Noose?

mary t.
mary t.

Would audio really be very useful? All that cavernous concrete amplifies and distorts the sound, and there is traffic rushing past nearby.  I imagine many people wouldn't step in because you have to be careful about what you do or say in airports nowadays due to "heightened security" and the people using that exit are glad their flight is over and eager to get home. . . just some reasons why people may have walked on by, not excuses.

Djm9063
Djm9063

State tuned there is a another camera angle that is coming out soon.  It is very clear that Ms. Belle rolled down her window.  According to his attorney there were two other eyewitnesses to this fact.

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