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Patti LaBelle sued for apartment confrontation

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R&B legend Patti LaBelle still has an incredible voice, but apparently she’s a bad neighbor. In a just-filed lawsuit, a Manhattan woman is accusing the diva of verbally accosting her, attempting to attack her, and throwing a water bottle at her 18-month-old child.

The incident is supposed to have occurred in the lobby of the New York building where the plaintiff lives and LaBelle was staying while performing in Fela!, the Broadway musical about the life and music of Fela Kuti.

LaBelle was apparently upset that Roseanna Monk had allowed her child to wander around the area while the plaintiff attempted to sort out her luggage. According to the suit, LaBelle said something and Monk told her it was none of her business, at which point LaBelle launched into an obscenity-filled rant that ended with the water bottle toss.

Monk filed a police report after the incident occurred, though no arrests were ever made. She filed the suit because, according to her lawyer, “someone’s got to teach her even a diva can’t attack and frighten and assault regular people in the building.”

This is the second time LaBelle has been sued in the past year. She was previously sued by a man who claims was assaulted unprovoked by her bodyguards while in an airport in Houston. LaBelle counter-sued, claiming the man was drunk, tried to climb into her limousine, and hurled racial epithets at her.

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