Countersuit From Singer Patti Labelle Now Accuses Cadet of Racial Slurs
Now Patti Labelle is firing back at the now former West Point military cadet that was beaten severely by her bodyguards at Bush Intercontinental Airport in March 11.
LaBelle says the West Point cadet, Richard King started the fight when he punched her son in the face. Her son Zuri was driving the limousine that day when he was packing the car with her luggage.
The lawsuit accuses Richard King, 23 of cursing the singer and using racially and sexually offensive language, and says he tried to force his way into her car.
The tape shows King talking on his cellphone as he wandered through the pickup area, eventually approaching LaBelle’s limo. Then, two men and a woman, members of the singer’s staff, pushed and punched King, ultimately slamming his head into a concrete pillar.
The non audio airport videotape of the incident shows King in and out of the camera’s view at brief moments. Unfortunately, the tape does not show what she as alleged against the cadet.
The suit says LaBelle and her staff believed they were in immediate danger and responded with “the degree of force that was necessary.”
King was taken to a local hospital with a concussion.