Pattie LaBelle Being Sued For Beating At Airport {Video}

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R&B legend Patti LaBelle, 67, is being sued by a West Point cadet for ordering his beating by her bodyguards. The incident took place at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on March 11. According to the Houston Chronicle, Richard King, 23, was talking on his cell phone while approaching the airport’s passenger pickup area where Labelle’s limousine was parked.

Security-camera footage of the incident shows King being struck and thrown against a concrete pillar by LaBelle’s body guards and an unidentified woman. King is seen trying to get up and leave the area but he falls several times.

“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,” King’s attorney John Raley said in the lawsuit filing. “LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action.”

Police said King reeked of alcohol after the event, but King insists he had only two drinks during his flight. The cadet is seeking punitive and actual damages from LaBelle, three members of her entourage, an airport taxi dispatcher and the airport itself. Meanwhile King has since been expelled from West Point over the incident and placed in a mentorship program that requires active duty.

“There can never be any justification for the savage battery of King,” the lawsuit claims. “Defendant LaBelle is hot-tempered herself … She was a full participant in the cruel attack on King. She ordered it, and never tried to stop it.”

Watch the video of Pattie’s guards going Mathem:

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  1. Man this is one of my good friends and I hope the law suit works out in his favor. I’m glad his brother had not yet arrived to the airport to pick him up, because his brother is the strongest person I know and I guarantee those body guards wouldn’t have felt so big and bad with his brother handling the situation.

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