Ex-Cadet Loses Lawsuit Against Patti LaBelle’s Entourage

Patti LaBelle

Ex-Cadet Loses Lawsuit Against Patti LaBelle’s Entourage

Jury clears singer's crew in 2011 airport beating.

Published September 24, 2014

A former West Point cadet lost his lawsuit against members of Patti LaBelle’s entourage Tuesday (Sept. 23), reports the Associated Press. Richard King sued the singer’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, her manager, Zuri Edwards, and hairdresser, Norma Harris, for what he claimed was an unprovoked attack at Bush International Airport in 2011.  

King was returning from spring break when he says he was attacked by LaBelle’s crew. The incident was caught on airport surveillance. “We're stunned," King's attorney, John Raley, said of the ruling. "The videotape seemed very clear to everyone we've shown it to and seemed quite compelling so we really have no explanation for this."

The trial lasted five days, with 10 hours of jury deliberation, LaBelle was dropped from the suit early on.

Her lawyers claim that King was the aggressor in the altercation. He was heavily intoxicated, attempted to jump in LaBelle’s limo, hurled racial slurs at her, and tried to punch Edwards, the lawyers say. "All of my clients were vindicated in this matter,” said attorney Phillip Brinson. "That was their position all along. The perception they had was different than what the video showed."

King dropped out of West Point over a brain injury allegedly sustained in the attack.     

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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