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Now, according to the Houston Chronicle, the singer is countersuing the cadet for provoking the attack, which ultimately left King with a football career-ending concussion and expulsion from the prestigious academy.
LaBelle is claiming that on March 11, King used sexually and racially demeaning language at the airport pickup area, inciting the attack from three of the singer's staff. Raw footage of the incident shows King walking toward LaBelle's limo while speaking on a cell phone when he is hit and thrown into a concrete pillar. According to LaBelle's camp, her bodyguards used "the degree of force that was necessary."
King's lawyer, John Raley, told the Chronicle that LaBelle's claims are untrue. "Thank goodness we have the surveillance videotape, which speaks volumes, and neutral eyewitnesses who will testify that Richard was brutally assaulted without provocation," he said.
To add insult to King's injuries, several police officers are seen on video taking photographs with LaBelle after the incident just feet away from a pool of King's blood. After an investigation, Sgt. David Johnson was reassigned to another beat while Officer Richard LeVeque has been required to take disciplinary counseling.
Police have said that King smelled of alcohol when questioned after the ordeal. King's attorney has confirmed that his client had several drinks while on his flight but was not inebriated. The cadet has since been placed in an active-duty "mentorship" program which requires up to one year of military service.