Patti LaBelle Sued Over Apartment Dust-Up

The 67-year-old singer is accused of hurling a water bottle at neighbors

By Eric Alt
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:08 AM EDT
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R&B singer Patti LaBelle is being accused of assaulting a neighbor during an incident last year.

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R&B diva Patti LaBelle apparently has some strong views on parenting, and isn't afraid to share them.

At least that's what a lawsuit filed Monday against the 67-year-old Grammy winner is alleging. A woman named Roseanna Monk is suing LaBelle over an incident that occurred in the lobby of an apartment building where LaBelle was living for a short time last year.

Monk claims that her 18-month-old daughter wandered a few steps away from her while she struggled with some luggage. This apparently incited LaBelle to chastise Monk, and the suit claims that the singer launched into an obscenity-laced tirade and hurled a water bottle after being told it was none of her business.

The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages. Monk's lawyer, Samuel L. Davis, claims that Monk asked LaBelle for an apology and a donation to a children's cancer charity to make up for the incident, but LaBelle refused.

According to Davis, Monk feels "someone's got to teach [LaBelle] even a diva can't attack and frighten and assault regular people in the building."

There has been no statement made by LaBelle or her publicists.

The legendary singer's career began in the 1960s, and she has received two Grammy awards and a number of hit singles including "Lady Marmalade," "On My Own," "Stir it Up," and "New Attitude." 

Selected Reading: MSNBC, New York Daily News, Contact Music

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