"SEEMS AS IF Patti LaBelle's next single should be a cover of the Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me."
On Wednesday, Richard King filed a lawsuit against the Wynnewood-based LaBelle and her bodyguards after they allegedly beat the living crap out of him. King, a West Point cadet and member of the school's football team, was returning home for spring break on March 11 via Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when LaBelle's bodyguard's took issue with his proximity to the Queen of Rock 'n' Soul's luggage.
The lawsuit says King was waiting for his ride, when LaBelle got into her stretch limo. She decided King was too close, siccing her guards on him. While the attack was occurring, King said that LaBelle "watched the vicious assault with approval" from the safety of her limo.
"LaBelle is hot-tempered herself, and has a reputation for both inciting and participating in acts of violence in public," the suit reads. "She ordered it, and never tried to stop it."
King wasn't so starstruck. "He didn't know who Patti LaBelle was," King's attorney John Raley told KHOU 11 News. "He didn't know he was standing anywhere near somebody famous." Instead of beating King up, LaBelle's bodyguards should have just laid some knowledge on the boy. There's no excuse for ignorance of pop-music royalty.
Too bad for King that the police report doesn't jibe with his story. The HPD didn't deny that the attack occurred (it was all caught on camera) but says that it was King who was the attacker. LaBelle's son/limo driver Zuri Edwards told cops that the cadet made the first move, striking him after Edwards told him to vamoose.
The report also says King smelled of alcohol, which King acknowledges. "I had some drinks on the plane, but I mean, I wasn't anywhere near intoxicated or anything along those lines," King told KHOU.
King, who is also suing the airport and a taxi dispatcher for not providing a safe environment, is seeking actual and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees and court costs." [Story]
As Warner Wolf used to say: we will just have "to go to the video tape" on this one.
Finally, someone has to have a real sit down with these high profile republican politicians and school them on some basic history about this country.
First a high schooler gives Michele Bachmann an intellectual beat down, and openly challenges her to a debate on the Constitution.
"I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted," writes Cherry Hill, N.J., high schooler Amy Myers. She concludes: "I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics." [Source]
"He who warned uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."
Apparently Palin learned nothing at any of the five colleges she attended." [Source]
Can one of my republican friends please tell me where to send a donation for her presidential campaign? I would love to give. Poor Sarah, I guess she needs this little history tour more than she thinks.