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Did Patti LaBelle Throw Water at a Child in a New York City Lobby?

| by Michael Allen

According to a lawsuit filed on Monday, R&B singer Patti LaBelle hurled curses and half a bottle of water at a woman and her 18-month-old daughter after a fight over parenting in an apartment building lobby in New York City.

LaBelle's publicists and lawyer didn't immediately respond to Kevin and Roseanna Monk's lawsuit.

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The Monks live in a Manhattan building where the LaBelle stayed for a time while appearing in the Broadway musical "Fela!" last fall, said the Monks' lawyer, Samuel L. Davis.

Davis said LaBelle scolded Roseanna Monk for letting the toddler take some steps away from the mother as she grappled with some luggage and a car seat in the building's lobby on the afternoon of Nov. 11, 2010.

After Monk scooped up the child and told LaBelle it was none of her business, the singer threw water on them from a bottle she was carrying and then launched into an obscenity-filled tirade, Davis said.

When the child started crying, Roseanna Monk made a remark to LaBelle, and the singer allegedly charged at her and tried to hit her.

The Monks filed a complaint with police, but no arrests were made.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, comes five months after a West Point cadet sued LaBelle over a Houston airport scuffle with her bodyguards. He said they attacked him for no reason in March 2010. She countersued the cadet, saying he tried to get into her limousine and was drunk and using racial slurs, which he denied.