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Patti LaBelle Sued Over Bodyguard Beating!

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Damn! Sometimes, being a diva means you don't always see the way things really are. Surely, she's going to feel really awful about this.

A West Point cadet is suing Patti LaBelle for allegedly having her bodyguards rough him up at a Houston airport terminal. Richard King, who was visiting his family while on spring break from The Point, was waiting to be picked up when three of LaBelle's bodyguards attacked him. According to the cadet's lawsuit:

"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. LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action."

Whoa! All over some luggage! Uncalled for!

Cadet King further alleges that the assault resulted in a "concussion and lingering dizziness and headaches." He is asking for unspecified damages.

If this is true, he absolutely deserves them, but we have a hard time believing Patti would have a kid beaten up for sitting too close to her luggage. Either he's not telling us something or she needs a reality check.

What do U think?

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49 comments to “Patti LaBelle Sued Over Bodyguard Beating!”

  1. 1

    Get the story straight dick breath……….The kid was drunk and being a jerk so he got his ass kicked……..period.

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  3. 3

    Re: GayRay – Your a fucking idiot. Before you spread negativity and lies research your facts. He was not drunk, and you should enlighten yourself and search for the video from the security tapes at the airport that clearly show he was doing nothing but talking on his cell phone and her gaurds just started to batter him. Then after he was taken to the hospital, Patti LaBell took pictures for police officers with the cadets blood in a puddle right next to her. It's sickening that she got special treatment and she deserves to get her ass sued and the police who were present need to lose their jobs.

  4. 4

    This is absolutly true. When this happened they showed video footage of the boy being attacked. She is a disgrace and I hope he rings her out for millions!!!!!

  5. 5

    There is always 2 sides to a story. Who could make a judgement based on only one side?

  6. 6

    Re: GayRay – No he wasn't. There's a security video of it. Bitch needs a reality check. She thinks she's better than everyone apparently. I hope he takes her to the cleaners over this. All these 'divas' are, are a bunch of old, washed up hasbeens that think they are above everyone else. I wonder how this would play out if he had been gay? By the way Perez, congratulations on being scooped be everyone. This came out days ago. Dude, you really need better plagerists.

  7. 7

    Re: Sparkbid – AGREED!!! i saw the video too… gay ray needs to go back to sucking dicks and stfu!!!

  8. 8

    I really enjoy how you manage to totally mangle an article. First of all since you clearly snagged this from something previously written… as you are already then well aware the young man was not drunk. He in fact has security footage of him using his cell phone and being accosted first. If you feel the need to write something, or… "borrow" an article.. lace at least get the facts straight. As for Miss LaBelle… she needs a reality check. Get a clue miss divatude… it's 2011 and while you were a sensation at one time… Chances are likely some random kid who didn't grow up under your genre's influence probably had NO idea who you were and really was just on his cell phone waiting for a ride while you popped a hissy fit. Generally the normal thing to do if you feel uncomfortable is to have your body guard ask them to move not hit them like they are garbage. sheesh

  9. 9

    She needs a reality check! I was in New York City (we were walking down 5th Ave, right by Louis Vuitton to be exact) about 5 years ago with my family and all the sudden we hear "Clear out the way" and three large men start pushing the pedestrians out of the way so Patty LaBelle could come through the crowd. Her body guards were extremely aggressive and did not take care for anyone else on the street's safety. An elder may with a cane was pushed so hard he almost lost his balance. Im glad someone is finally standing up to this bully!

  10. 10

    lmfaooooo am i the only one that couldn't stop laughing reading this with the picture? omg "he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in" lmfaoooooo she's such a thug i fucken love it!

  11. 11

    Just for the record,at West Point there's an honor code that is strictly enforced. "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do." If Richard was found to have fabricated some of the story, he would receive and honor board and face being kicked out. Glad the tapes reinforce what actually happened!!! Best wishes for both parties in sorting this out!

  12. 12

    Watch the video!!! The bodyguards were so wrong to beat this guy and they shoved his head into a pole which could have easily killed him, and his school believed Patti's story too, and he got booted from school. Patti needs to step up to the plate right now and apologize and get this kid back to being a cadet!!!! He was just standing there on the phone, and Patti and her group walked past him.. Get the story straight GayRay!

  13. 13

    I've watched the video and heard comments from the cadet. From the video you you can clearly see Richard King attempt to push the limo driver first, then the bodyguard responds to King's assault on the limo driver. According to Cadet King, he did consume alcoholic drinks on his flight before the incident. So, it SEEMS that Cadet King initiated the whole assault and might have been slightly intoxicated.

  14. 14

    It doesn't matter how serious he was attacked. She gave her bodygaurds permission to jump him and over luggage. She needs to realize that not everyone is gonna be attacked and be fine with it because it was her bodygaurd. If she wasn't a celebrity then he'd still be taking her to court as she would have deserved it. Not like she is the Queen or President.

  15. 15

    another piece of shit with too much power…fuck her…and the kid did nothing…he was on his cell.

  16. 16

    There is more to this story. His education and appointment at west point is being jeopardized because of LaBelle. the video has proven that he was not paying attention and did not realize that was her or for luggage. her bodyguard north came over and gave him a concussion and now his involvement at west point has been jeopardized. this is clearly abuse and I hope he sues search for big bucks. patti labelle's camp is 100 percent wrong and way out of line in this case. she goes this cadet a lot of money and a public apology.

  17. 17

    That is one Fat & Ugly, Mean & Nasty, Alcoholic, Screaming Tranny…..

  18. 18

    just watch the video of the poor kid getting knocked down over and over, he was just standing there and it's obvious that he was trying to defend himself. I'm a girlfriend of a USMA 2010 cadet, and know of Kyle King…amazing football player (just too bad it was for Army). Pattie LaBelle should be ashamed of herself, absolutely ashamed…she has single handily ruined this kids career. I'm no fan of West Point either, they have now stripped king of his rank (2nd Lieutenant) to a Private and he is now getting deployed…they may let him back into the Academy in 2013. My biggest issue with WP is that they insist that their cadets just roll over and take it no matter what, they can't stand up for themselves. So when some meaningless diva gets pissy over her luggage, people who really do something and matter on this Earth get screwed. Get a life Patti, and cool your damn jets for once West Point. My hopes is that King and his family get what they deserve (a settlement and reinstatement) and that West Point and LaBelle get enough bad press to rectify this.

    I'm absolutely disgusted over this. Those police officers too, they deserve some appropriate sanctions as well.

  19. 19

    She's a butt-ugly bully.

  20. 20

    Re: MarcTennisNJ – Al Sarpton,if that's your attempt at comedy you failed.Stick to your day job,that's if someone was dumb enough to employ you.

  21. 21

    I've been a fan of Patti Labelle since the '70's. I've seen her 9 times in concerts, met her, had my picture taken with her, etc. Patti speaks of love during her concerts and her fans love her for it. She showed no love for this guy. She watched the attack from her limo. She should have called her bodyguards off. This was a violent crime. Patti is not the lady she leads us to believe she is. I am so disappointed in her. Shame on you Patti. I am no longer your fan. :(

  22. 22

    i'm willing to bet someone needs an obvious reality check. no matter who you are or what you do you are no better than anyone else walking down the street or just standing.

  23. 23

    Re: Drag is Fierce – Ohhh, WHAT'S THE MATTER TRANNY, TUCK TOO TIGHT?

  24. 24

    Re: GayRay – I guess you didn't watch the video YOU dick breath!!!!!

  25. 25

    If you watch the video on you tube you will see excatly what happened and he was not drunk. he was on his cell phone the whole time waiting for his ride.

  26. 26

    Re: dannyr58 – I feel what your saying. I was too a fan and once I saw this video, just the mention of her name sickens me.

  27. 27

    Sparkbid I agree with you.. Gayray before you comment maybe you should check your facts.. Watch the video and then comment.. thanks

  28. 28

    Patti Labelle has been stealing from her fans for years. Just go to one of her concerts, and she is nothing but a "has been" diva. She is now a complete disgrace to her profession. I just hope she gets what she deserves, and that would include concert cancellations - recording cancellations - no more books. In other words, she needs to be put away - perhaps in re-hab (actually, that may be too good for her).
    And, to think that I used to love her.

  29. @v@ says – reply to this


    I used to like her warbling and all, but I could pass her on the street today and not know who she was. I'd be hard pressed to want an autograph today. Why is she still sporting roidy-acting bodygaurds? What a waste of money, and now perhaps an even bigger waste of money, as word is the video is pretty damning.

  30. @v@ says – reply to this


    Not only this, but I read that the West Point cadet has been suspended from West Point because of this, and that's just wrong, imo. Patty needs to right this.

  31. 31

    Re: LaBailey – No you fucking idiot - you need to watch the video again. The bodyguard in the red shirt shoved King FIRST…and King with his cell phone in hand shoved the guy back.

  32. 32

    Re: GayRay – You administered a BAC test Ray? Prove he was drunk and disorderly because I don't see it on the video. He's suspended from West Point for a year, he's got to go active duty as a result and if, God forbid, this poor kid gets killed in Afghanistan as a direct result of Patti's bitch fit - I hope he haunts her house and I hope whatever animal died to make her royal highn-asses luggage comes back and haunts her too. Grow the hell up Patti.

  33. 33

    Re: MBlocal16 – I agree! The Police were very unprofessional. They clearly showed right on the security tape they were partial to miss thingy and the thugs.

  34. 34

    Hello to those with negative comments about Patti.
    I just would like to start by saying that if you comment about someone you really should be aware of the person and type of person he or she really is beyond a isolated situation. Anyone every been to Patti concert? She always make the house bodyguards back up off her fans who want to take pics or even get on the stage with her. Miss Patti dont even roll with that type of bodyguards in tow I have seen her lots of time in pubic with Zuri and one body guard and sometimes hairstylist Norma . I have been in her presence many times being from the northeast area of philly/nj/md/va area its nothing to her in Walmart or buying food at the store or whereever always running her mouth with her Sable coat on and some Chrissy Lou's on or . She is not the person that people are making her out to be she is the "peoples celeb" down to earth. I will say the quick judgement from the bodyguards was wrong but did you see Patti hit RIchard NO … how do we know Patti has not even fired him for his actions. We are blamming Patti like she is mob boss who ordered a hit on young white male. Really think harder before blamming a 67 year divorced mom of 5 who just happens to sing to make money .. one more thing I watch my luggage at the airport also … and you do you too so i really cant blam Patti for looking out for her own things .. she worked hard to pay for … people use your judgement before commenting.

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    Re: dannyr58 – Hello if you been to see her so many times you would already know Patti makes the security at her shows back down when a fan wants a pic or to dance with her no need to be mad at her.
    If the bodyguards handled the situation wrong I agree that wrong but to stop like her for actions that people say she ordered the hit … make no sense
    she was watching her luggage and bags just as you would to at the airport … think hard what would you do if a person was messing around near your bags ?

  36. 36

    As a longtime fan of Patti Labelle's, I was horrified by the video of this incident. I've heard rumors about her behavior before, but always chalked it up to "divatude". This went way beyond that. She's definitely lost a lot of fans over this, judging from my conversations with coworkers and friends. The woman needs some jail time–or at least a few hundred hours of public service working in a soup kitchen or cleaning toilets. I threw away my Patti LaBelle CDs and won't ever buy another one. Shame on this evil woman!

  37. 37

    The thing that really gets me about this is that LaBelle was obviously given an opportunity to settle this out of court, but didn't. That really sickens me, because at that point she would have been made aware that this was a West Point cadet. She's obviously greedy–and not very bright–because she thought this would go away. Instead, she has let what would have been an unknown situation completely ruin her reputation (and her brand).

  38. 38

    Re: supportmisspattibombom – looks to me that YOU are the one who is not using judgement before commenting. sounds like you are one of those weird hard core fanboys (or girl) who thinks that because Ms. labelle is a diva, that she must be this innocent pure person. superfanboys suck bigtime.

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    I hope she goes to fucking prison. C-U-N-T.

  41. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: supportmisspattibombom – If I supported Patty on this, I'd be supporting some luggage and knee jerk roidy acting bodygaurds who beat on a West Point cadet who had the ruddy misfortune of standing too close to Ms. Thang's bags. He's going to be deployed. He lost his rank. He's a star athlete. He was sure in the wrong place at the wrong time, poor kid. Give your head a shake. I hope she eventually does the right thing. She should plead his case to West Point, too.

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    Re: supportmisspattibombom – Jesus, you can't be that stupid can you?
    #1: He was standing there BEFORE that evil bitch's luggage even arrived. Watch the video for Christs' sake.

    #2: Obviously she is going to behave at a concert - you stupid fans make her money. How dumb can you be? You think she acts evil every moment of every day? It's all about how you act when YOU THINK PEOPLE ARENT LOOKING.

    READ THE NINTH COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (By KittyKatJEnJen) And then STFU!

  43. 43

    Re: the Period – Hello I am fan of all music that come from the soul that what i like. But I am sure she does wrong at time, but generally speking this was a isolated incident. What gain but negative press could patti get if she really used this kind of bad judgement at 67 fucking years old, now if this was a bitch like diva I would agree. but patti she dont have us fooled she just so happen to sing and is high profile i bet if you if your coworker hit Richard while you on lunch break with your car … you would not be on the news…. its entertianment negative or postive its a 2 way street. you must have never been to LA before travel some in life and you will be aware !

  44. 44

    one more thing why on you tube so many names calling patti out as black person .. not nice for real

  45. 45

    fuck patti labelle

  46. 46

    Sue that bitch for everything and press charges against the thug bodyguards

  47. 47

    Re: GayRay – Fuck you

  48. 48

    Patti Labelle, fuck your asshole, like perfect donkey asshole-one thousand percent!

  49. 49

    Hope that cop gets shot on the highway pulling over a vehicle