West Point reinstates cadet involved in Patti LaBelle lawsuits

West Point reinstates cadet involved in Patti LaBelle lawsuits

Credit: KHOU 11 NEWS

Richard King said he was attacked at Bush International Airport by Patti Labelle's bodyguards.

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by Associated Press & khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 18 at 4:25 PM

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Department of the Army has reinstated a West Point cadet who was involved in an airport scuffle with bodyguards for R&B diva Patti LaBelle.

Richard King, a member of the Class of 2011, was already on suspended separation for previous conduct when the March 11 scrape happened at an airport in his hometown of Houston.

In a lawsuit against the Grammy Award-winning LaBelle, he said three of her bodyguards attacked him for no reason. The singer has countersued, saying King was drunk and hurling racial slurs.

Norma Harris, the 63-year-old hairdresser for LaBelle, and 43-year-old bodyguard Efrem Holmes, have been charged with assault in connection with the tussle.

"The HPD recently informed West Point of the results of their thorough investigation, including their finding that Richard is not considered to have committed any crime. Richard very much appreciates the professionalism of the HPD in doing so, and of West Point in considering the new information provided them," attorney John Raley said.

West Point said King, 23, will start classes Monday.

"I’m very excited to be going back, and look forward to graduating in December and serving my country in the U.S. Army," King said.

If he meets academic standards, he will graduate in December.

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