Singer Patti LaBelle walks out of the courtroom after testifying on the witness stand at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguards on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. LaBelle told a Houston court Thursday that Richard King scared her in 2011 when he staggered toward her limousine at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. LaBelle’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, is charged with misdemeanor [auth] assault in the clash caught on security video that landed King in a hospital with a head wound. Records show King’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving. King testified Thursday that he could not remember details of the incident. King has also filed a civil lawsuit against the singer and Holmes. LaBelle has countersued.(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran)
HOUSTON (AP) — Singer Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard has been acquitted misdemeanor assault in a confrontation with a drunken West Point cadet at a Houston airport terminal.
A Harris County jury returned its verdict Monday clearing Efrem Holmes in the 2011 confrontation with Richard King at a Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal.
According to trial evidence, King had a blood-alcohol level almost 3½ times above the Texas legal threshold for intoxication and didn’t remember what happened the day of the incident. According to testimony and surveillance video, King approached a limousine containing LaBelle and verbally abused the performer when her son tried to block his way. King punched him, and Holmes sprang up and punched King several times.
King filed a lawsuit against the singer and Holmes. LaBelle countersued.