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LaBelle sued over airport 'attack'

Published 03/06/2011 | 23:34

A West Point cadet claims singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguards to beat him up (AP)
A West Point cadet claims singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguards to beat him up (AP)

A West Point cadet is suing veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle, accusing her of ordering her bodyguards to beat him up outside an airport terminal in Houston, Texas.

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The lawsuit alleges that 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 home town while on spring break from West Point.

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

The bodyguards told Houston police that Mr King attacked them.

LaBelle's publicist was not immediately available for comment.

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