West Point Cadet Who Was Pummeled By Patti LaBelle’s Body Guard and Hairdresser Is Reinstated

On March 11 at Bush Intercontinental Airport a West Point cadet was pummeled by singer Patti LaBelle’s entourage.

In the video, you see West Point cadet Richard King in yellow on the phone near LaBelle’s limo outside Terminal C. West Point cadet Richard King, in yellow on the phone near LaBelle’s limo, exchanges words with LaBelle’s son who is also her driver. Her son bumps King. The bodyguard then hits him and both he and LaBelle’s hairdresser, 63-year-old Norma Harris, push him into a concrete pillar, causing him to fall to the ground with a head injury.

The West Point Cadet was originally charged with a crime and suspended from West Point for a year.


In July charges were filed against Patti LaBelle’s body guard and hairdresser for the beatdown.

This week cadet Richard King was reinstated at West Point.
Chron.com reported:

A West Point cadet from Houston will return to class Monday after military academy officials rescinded a suspension that came after he was embroiled in a March altercation with singer Patti LaBelle’s entourage at a local airport.

Word from the New York military academy came as dueling lawsuits — one filed by cadet Richard King, the other by LaBelle – await resolution in local courts.

King’s attorney, John Raley, said Houston police recently apprised academy officials that the 23-year-old cadet had not been implicated in wrongdoing in the March 11 incident at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

“Richard very much appreciates the professionalism of the HPD in doing so, and of West Point in considering the new information provided them,” Raley said.

Hat Tip Kenneth R.

King probably won’t be attending any R&B concerts for awhile.

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