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Singer Patti Labelle Being Sued by West Point Cadet Following Houston Airport Attack

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HOUSTON (AP) — A West Point cadet is suing veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle, accusing her of ordering her bodyguards to beat him up outside a Houston airport terminal.

The lawsuit alleges that 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.

A surveillance video from the airport shows the 23-year-old King talking on his cell phone when three of LaBelle’s bodyguards hit King and pushed him to the ground. The bodyguards told Houston police King attacked them.

LaBelle’s publicist did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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