BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.
The lawsuit against LaBelle alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for his family to pick him up outside one of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport in March 2011, when LaBelle’s bodyguard and two others attacked him. King had just arrived in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.
King sued LaBelle; Zuri Edwards, LaBelle’s manager and son; Efrem Holmes, her bodyguard; and Norma Harris, her hair dresser.
The trial is expected to last about a week. LaBelle, who was in court Tuesday, was expected to testify.