R&B legend Patti LaBelle was accused of screaming at a toddler on Monday. Although there's a good chance she was singing, and that's just what her voice sounds like nowadays.
Kevin and Roseanna Monk are alleging in a lawsuit that LaBelle screamed obscenities at their toddler. Have you ever met a toddler? I hate to profile, but most of them are jerks. Kid probably had it coming.
The Monks lawyer also claim that Patti threw a punch at Roseanna after the incident. The couple filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme court. Their lawyer, Sam Davis, said 18 month-old Genevieve was running around the lobby of the Riverside Blvd. apartment building on the upper West Side when LaBelle started yelling. Davis added that Patti was wearing big sunglasses and a fur coat. Just in case you were wondering if he was talking about another Patti LaBelle and not the mega celebrity.
"'What are you doing letting your kid run around like that?'" Davis quoted LaBelle as asking Roseanna Monk.
He said LaBelle then started "screaming at my client, throwing water from a bottle at the mother's face and the baby's face."
Monk, a kindergarten teacher, picked up her baby and asked the singer, "Are you happy that this is what you have done to this baby?!"
LaBelle, who is a mother herself, allegedly responded by trying "to take a swing" at Monk. Fighting a kindergarten teacher is a dangerous place to go. Those people fend off 20 or more five year olds on a daily basis. Not a good idea, Patti.
From there, Davis says that LaBelle's entourage shoved her into a car, and then the baby violently threw up all over her mother. Not to defend cursing at a baby, but I think it's funny that the lawyer is trying to hint that the baby throwing up is somehow Patti LaBelle's doing and not just one of the many disgusting things babies do.
LeBelle's reps have declined to comment on the situation, but Davis says the Monks would've been satisfied with an apology from the singer. LaBelle is a temporary tenant in their building while she's appearing in the Broadway play, Fela!.
Davis then recalled an incident in Houston, Texas where LaBelle's hairdresser and bodyguard were accused of assaulting a West Point cadet.
“Violence seems to be part of their road show,” Davis said.