Patti Labelle Files Countersuit Against West Point Cadet

2011 BET Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient Patti Labelle has fired back at West Point cadet Richard King for suing her, by filing a countersuit. Mr. King filed a suit against Labelle for an allege attack by her bodyguards at the Bush Intercontinental Airport on March 11.

In Labelle’s countersuit, she claims King bellowed profane and racial slurs at her before he attacked her bodyguards. In addition, she accuses the cadet of being intoxicated, staggering around outside the terminal, screaming obscenities and trying to enter the singer’s limousine.

“King is shoved, and then punched. A third attacker, a woman, joined in, driving him back 12 to 15 feet, driving his head into a concrete pillar, causing a serious concussion and bleeding from the nose and mouth,” King’s lawyer, John Raley told after releasing a video of the confrontation. “He was then taunted and kicked.

King’s lawsuit and LaBelle’s countersuit are asking for unspecified damages.


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