Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Feb. 26
Patti LaBelle's Hairdresser & Bodyguard Charged with Assault
The incident took place on March 11 at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Surveillance video shows two members of Patti LaBelle's entourage (63-year-old hairdresser, Norma Harris, and bodyguard, Efrem Holmes) mixing it up with West Point cadet Richard King.
The video, which aired on KTRK-TV Houston, shows King (in yellow) talking on the phone near LaBelle's limo. LaBelle's son, who is also her driver, exchanges words with King before administering a body-bump. Enter Holmes who proceeds to punch King before he and Harris force him to the ground. King says the fall sent him to the hospital with head trauma.
LaBelle's posse was the first to contact police. Holmes initially claimed to have been protecting LaBelles's son, but now he and Harris have been charged with assault. It didn't take long for the race card to enter the picture. Nonsensical allegations are flying that the full-time singer, part-time actress ordered Holmes to beat up a white man for getting too close to her car.
While King was on his way to the hospital, the singer allegedly stood beside a pool of the cadet's blood to take pictures with Houston's Finest. King admitted to downing a few in-flight cocktails, but was not intoxicated.
Submit the following photographs as evidence before any jury in the land and I defy them not to find Patti LaBelle's hairdresser guilty of assault.
The Phyllis Diller
The Jiffy Pop
The Flat Iron Building
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