Patti LaBelle Developments: Two Members of Entourage Charged
UPDATE September 24, 2014: A federal jury cleared Patti LaBelle and her entourage in the beating of a West Point cadet at George Bush International Airport.
Two members of Patti LaBelle's entourage that were involved in an incident with a West Point cadet at Bush Intercontinental have been charged.
KTRK had the first report. A bodyguard and a 63-year-old female hairdresser have been charged with assault.
Efrem Holmes, 43, and Norma Harris have not yet been arrested.
The charges say they were involved in an incident with cadet Richard King in March, when cameras caught the cadet being beaten near LaBelle's limo until he bloodily staggered off.
According to the video, released by King's attorney, his client appeared to do little to trigger the confrontation, but LaBelle has filed a countersuit saying he was drunk and made sexist and racist comments.
King has since been suspended from West Point, and admits he had some beers on the flight home.
HPD has launched an internal investigation into the incident, because the security-camera footage showed police posing for pictures and getting autographs from the singer shortly after it happened, standing near the pool of blood. King's attorney also says PD officers never got his client's version of events.
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