City Tries to Get Out of Patti LaBelle Lawsuit
The City of Houston is claiming immunity in a lawsuit filed by a former West Point cadet who said members of singer Patti LaBelle's entourage assaulted him at Bush Intercontinental Airport last March.
In papers filed Thursday, city attorneys claimed that Richard King's civil suit improperly named the airport as a defendant, when the airport is an extension of the city and therefore not subject to suit. King had included the airport as a defendant, saying it had failed to provide "a reasonably safe environment."
The airport is operated by Houston Airport Systems, which is "merely a department of Houston, and, as such, has no capacity to be sued separately," according to the city's response.
The city also moved to dismiss claims against co-defendant Shauquetha Boyd Mays, a taxi dispatcher employed by the airport. Her airport position makes her a city employee, and therefore not liable for King's allegations, according to the city's response.
Neither LaBelle nor any of the other co-defendants have responded to the suit. After King's suit was filed June 1, a woman at LaBelle's management company, Pattonium, referred Hair Balls to spokesman Patti Webster for all questions. Webster, who was strangely out of the office every time we called, hasn't returned any of our calls.
It's nice to see some development in this suit, but we, like everyone else, are really more interested in how Lady Marmalade herself will respond to these allegations.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- 3 Reasons I Went From Being A Gun Nut To Supporting Gun Control
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:00am
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:00pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 2:30pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 6:00pm
- After Deputy's Murder, Sheriff Hickman Blames "Dangerous National Rhetoric"...
- NFL Preseason Week 3: Texans-Saints — 4 Winners, 4 Losers