Airport worker added to Labelle assault lawsuit

June 23, 2011 2:37:08 PM PDT
The former West Point cadet who is suing R&B legend Patti Labelle and her bodyguards for assault has now added an airport worker to the lawsuit.

Richard King says he was assaulted by the singer's entourage after he got too close to her luggage at Bush Intercontinental Airport. However, police cited him with assault. But the entire incident is being reinvestigated after surveillance video showed King being pushed into a pillar.

King's attorney now says Cahl Rasmussen, an employee at the airport, called West Point and "communicated false and defamatory information."

West Point officials said they conducted a thorough investigation of the incident and took appropriate action by suspending King.

An HPD internal affairs investigation into actions by police officers is continuing. Two officers are seen taking photographs with Labelle inches away from King's blood. King's lawyer criticized HPD for interviewing only Labelle and her entourage.

The names of the officers being investigated cannot be released because the investigation is ongoing. The criminal investigation is also ongoing.


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