Cynthia Cisneros, KTRK-TV (Houston), June 3, 2011
Singing legend Patti LaBelle–the so-called godmother of soul–is now the target of a lawsuit after a violent confrontation involving her security guards was caught on camera at a Houston airport.
The man who filed the lawsuit says he was the victim of an unprovoked attack and he accuses Patti LaBelle of sending her guards after him. Much of it was caught on surveillance video.
The case was filed in a civil lawsuit because the Houston Police Department didn’t file any criminal charges in this case. The lawsuit alleges it was Patti LaBelle who told her bodyguards to remove someone who was standing too close to her luggage.
According to Houston police, King is described as a suspect who was harassing the occupants of the limo. HPD also reports it was King who appeared to be intoxicated and punched the limo driver. King denies being drunk.
Robert Bowick, an attorney for King, said, “It doesn’t matter if Cadet King was impaired from a drink or two. He was minding his own business. He was not harming anybody. He was not a harm to himself.”