Rhythm-and-blues diva Patti LaBelle is being sued by a New York couple who have accused the singer of throwing water from a bottle and verbally attacking a mother and her 18-month-old daughter on November 10, 2010.
The New York Daily reports that the couple, Kevin and Roseanna Monk, were with their daughter in the lobby of their Riverside Blvd. apartment building on the upper West Side when their child wandered away from their side and began “scampering” around.
The Monks’ lawyer, Sam Davis, said that around that time, Labelle arrived on the scene and launched into a violent tirade, shouting:
“What are you doing letting your kid run around like that?”
“It was at that time LaBelle allegedly began screaming at my client, throwing water from a bottle at [her] face and the baby’s face,” Davis explained.
Things got more heated when Mrs. Monk came to her child’s defense.
“‘Are you happy that this is what you have done to this baby?!'” Davis said Roseanna Monk asked the singer, as she scooped up her tot.
Davis claims it was at this point that LaBelle then “tried to take a swing” at the mother–who was holding her crying toddler– and was restrained by her entourage and escorted to a waiting car.
Roseanna Monk claims that her daughter was crying so hard it caused her to vomit.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, comes five months after a U.S. Military Academy cadet sued Patti LaBelle over a Houston airport scuffle with her bodyguards.
“Someone’s got to teach her even a diva can’t attack and frighten and assault regular people in the building,” Davis said.
Labelle’s reps have not yet commented on the incident.
via Sun Times