Cadet sues R&B singer LaBelle over airport beating
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If you click on the link, there is a video showing the incident in question. The presentation, however, is hindered and we are left without full context of what happened due to there being no audio.
From the video alone, it looks like that one of the body guards approaches King and he (King) pushes him back in response. The bodyguard's approach, however was not a simple approach but more in the manner like a bulldozer plowing through. When King pushes back in response to the bodyguard's advancement, this triggers the bodyguards to respond with in an increase in force.
Automatically, it is my opinion, that King's case is damaged by him having consumed alcohol earlier. I know a lot of people may be offended by what I have said. I suspect that LaBelle's team, however, will play this up to its fullest extent. Although I wouldn't encourage anyone to consume a large amount alcohol and go around in public causing trouble, at the same time, I don't really have a problem with someone having a drink and standing on a curbside while waiting for his/her ride. I don't think having a drink and being in public is a big deal but I'm sure LaBelle's team will make this out to be more than that. I'm sure that they will make it out that King was loaded and was being verbally offensive. This is one reason why I would caution anyone for going out to have a drink in public. If you were to get into an altercation and you were not at fault - trouble came and found you - automatically there are going to be doubts as to the level of your innocence, etc.
King claims that LaBelle's entourage is lying on him. Who knows?
There's several things that we can discuss about this article of news that I can think of and I'm sure there are probably a lot of other issues that may arise that I didn't anticipate.
Right now we are dealing with little information and more may come to light when the case goes to court.
Some of the things I would like to ask is;
LaBelle's entourage claims that King was verbally harassing them. If we play devil's advocate and assume for a moment that they are telling the truth, does that give them the right to physically respond to him? I realize that they are bodyguards and that it is their duty to protect LaBelle but at the same time does this give them more rights than you or I? I'm sure if a man was verbally assaulting me on the street that the reasonable man assumption would dictate for me to alert authorities and allow them to handle it. It is only if things progressed and the man physically put me in danger, would I be allowed to respond physically?
Another thing I'd like to ask is what would your response be if a big guy aggressively approached you and started demanding for you to back off? I realize they have a duty to protect their client but at the same time, there is such a thing as tact and you can alert someone that they may need to back off.
Also, from the video, it doesn't appear that King was even in LaBelle's immediate presence (she was in the car). Even if LaBelle or her bodyguard felt that he was too close to her expensive luggage, does that give them the right to tell King to back off? Is LaBelle afforded more "personal space" because she is a celebrity? What would happen if you or I acted in the same manner as LaBelle and her entourage did in this incident?