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R&B Diva LaBelle Sued Over Alleged Airport Beating

By: Bethany Gillis Email
By: Bethany Gillis Email

HOUSTON (AP) -- A West Point cadet is suing veteran R&B diva
Patti LaBelle, accusing her of ordering her bodyguards to beat him
up outside a Houston airport terminal.

The lawsuit alleges Richard King was waiting for his brother and
father to pick him up outside a terminal at Bush Intercontinental
Airport on March 11 when three of LaBelle's bodyguards attacked
him.

King was in his hometown Houston while on spring break from
West Point.

A surveillance video from the airport provided by King's lawyer
and reviewed by The Associated Press shows the 23-year-old cadet
talking on his cell phone when three of LaBelle's bodyguards hit
King and pushed him to the ground.

The bodyguards told Houston police King attacked them. LaBelle's publicist did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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