“Ain’t No way” you can get too close to Patti LaBelle’s luggage set without getting fully checked.

Richard King, a West Point cadet has filed a lawsuit against Patti LaBelle after his close encounter with the singing legend ended with bodily harm.

The Associated Press reports:

The lawsuit alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for his brother and father to pick him up outside one of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport on March 11, when three of LaBelle’s bodyguards attacked him. King was in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.

“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,” according to King’s lawsuit, which was filed in Houston civil court on Wednesday and also names the bodyguards, the airport and a taxi dispatcher as co-defendants. “LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action.”

King says he is taking Ms. LaBelle to court after her bodyguards left him with a concussion, lingering headaches and dizziness. As for the singer, mums the word. Her reps have declined to give comment on the incident or lawsuit.

Check out a video of the incident. What do you think?

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  • if this is true, especially after the video I saw of the attack, he deserves to win. For real. I don’t care who you are, just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean you get to push your weight around and order beatdowns.

    • Emelyne


  • sunshyne84

    That is ridiculous! smh Why weren’t her bags in the limo anyway? There was no need to get physical unless someone is posing a threat and someone on a phone is not a threat.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Well if that’s the case, then she overstepped her boundaries and should pay restitution for any damages that were caused. If they were *that* afraid of him trying to steal the luggage, all someone had to do was stand close to them, and a potential thief would have backed off.

    And yeah, why weren’t her bags in the car already?