Skip to comments.Patti LaBelle Update: Beaten Cadet Sues Airport Worker Who Allegedly Squealed to West Point
Posted on 06/23/2011 12:12:00 PM PDT by RabidBartender
The former West Point cadet who's suing singer Patti LaBelle's entourage for allegedly assaulting him at Bush Intercontinental Airport last March has added an airport operations worker to the list of defendants.
In an amended complaint filed earlier this week, Richard King accuses Houston Airport System employee Cahl Rasmussen of relaying false and defamatory information to King's West Point supervisors -- namely, that King instigated the confrontation that left him bloody and landed him in the hospital.
"[Rasmussen] was not a witness, but without compunction, passed on the aforesaid false report as if it was true," the complaint states. "In an act far outside the scope of any job description, Rasmussen initially e-mailed, then spoke on the telephone, to King's supervisors at West Point."
The complaint does not state if Rasmussen saw the video of the incident before allegedly contacting West Point.
King's lawyers told Hair Balls earlier this month that, based on this information, West Point suspended King. The Houston Chronicle reported earlier that West Point officials said they conducted a "thorough investigation" of the incident and took "appropriate action" by suspending King. West Point officials have not responded to our request to confirm that Rasmussen spoke with King's supervisors, and Rasmussen has not responded to requests for comment.
Rasmussen has been an airport operations coordinator since 2004, according to his Facebook page. (Under his "employers" section, he wrote "Work as little as possible. Remember I work for the government!!" -- classic, Rasmussen).
He lists his previous occupation as a police officer for the city of Aurora, Colorado, from 1985-2000.
LaBelle and her entourage have not filed a response.
God save our poor troops in this PC-uber-alles environment.
The perfumed princes leading the Lavender Brigades will throw any soldier under the tank treads.
Something appearst to be missing. Why would bodyguards ‘randomly’ attack someone - someone who was not in any apprarent danger or imminent threat? Why would someone, seeing an assaut - take the effort to file a ‘false’ report to West Point, then take the time to track down a cadet’s supervisor? Finally, why would West Point expell a student who claims to have been attacked?
Seems like a survailance video would certainly seem to answer a lot of questions.
Good. The same thing should happen to Presstitute operatives who pass along false rumors of their own creation as if they were true in order to trash Sarah Palin and other conservatives.
Who is ‘Hair Balls’?
There actually is a video. You can’t tell everything from it, but supposedly he “wandered too close” to uppity LaBelle who shouted at her bodyguards to get the guy. He was talking on the cell phone when he was attacked.
West Point Cadet vs. Patti LaBelle lawsuit update
West Point has said it was an honor code violation that led to the expulsion.
This means most likely that he was not expelled for the incident itself - but for lies about or relating to the incident.
Getting drunk and getting beaten up by body guards is not an honor code violation - but lying about it to West Point is.
Maybe it is a typo and should be: Herr Balls?
As to Rasmussen, I can only speculate about his motives, but would probably venture it was either an attempt to curry favor with the Queen and the Queen's thugs by reporting what they told him to report or just a lazy-assed relaying of their version of events without bothering to actually check it out or get the other side of the story.
Sounds like something the cat spit out.
I think it is a newsblog for the Houston Press. I just wanted an update on the case and this was the first Google news story on my page. :)
Welcome to last month when this was discussed at length in threads that included a link to the video. Search and Google are your friends. Recent reports say that West Point has reviewed their actions in light of the video which clearly shows an unprovoked attack by the bodyguards on somebody merely standing in the arrivals pick-up area, waiting on a ride and talking on his cell phone.
The video is on youtube and while no audio, that is exactly what appears to be the situation. According to other reports, Ms LeBelle was not happy with how close the cadet was to her luggage and order her body guards to correct the situation. If you watch the video the cadet is jumped and shoved into a concrete pillar which he strikes with his head.
Facebook reveals another idiot.
The service academies have "honor codes" or "honor concepts" in the case of the navy that forbid public drunkenness. I have read that the cadet was over the legal limit, which I have also read was confirmed by a BAC test when he received medical treatment at the hospital. Whether or not he did or did not start the donnybrook, the fact that he was publicly drunk (allegedly) would have been enough to expel him if command wanted to expel him.
Having said all that, it seem like the Academy overreacted, and possibly overreacted because of information provided by Rasmussen. Also, the other element(s) of this suit aren't necessarily dependent on the cadet's inebriated state. Drunk or not, you cannot assault someone, and you can't assault someone just because he may have said something provocative or even insulting.
The Cadet (now enlisted man), will be able to reapply for admission in 18-months and it's likely that application will be accepted irrespective of the outcome of this civil suit. Even his superiors at West Point have said on the record that he was an otherwise excellent cadet.
I have no idea of what the "truth" is, but based on my experience I can absolutely make a safe wager that La Belle's "security staff" are not without interesting "rap" sheets, and that many ... BY NO MEANS ALL ... of these "Rock and Roll People" are absolute scum with interesting police records of their own and the drugs (prescription and otherwise) and booze don't help.
As far as the wad Rasmussen goes, I would like to know of his transition to from small-town flatfoot to airport hack goes.
Best of luck. Go Army!
I think you give him too much credit.
Thank you for the ping! I had been wondering about this case. Still hoping the cadet takes LaBelle to the cleaners. This Rasmussen guy sounds like another celebrity bootlicker.
West Point Cadet vs. Patti LaBelle court case update ping!
His Facebook page is still up:
Though his wall is pretty sanitized.
Anything like this that involves ‘body guards’ of a quote ‘DIVA’, smells like kaka from the get-to to me. These are the same ‘role models’ that habitually shoot up each others’ lives. Best thing is to stay completely clear away from anything resembling a black entertainer. They look for confrontation on every level.
And his wife is a fan of Kathy Griffin. That should tell you all you need to know.
A super hero with a very disturbing power.
That ain't "drunk." BTW, what ever happened to "walking out" uniforms? Military personnel should not be strolling about dressed as Wal-Mart Shoppers. IMHO, of course.
BTW, The Pentagon has just decreed that this dumb habit of having military personnel wearing BDU everywhere is over. And, in other good news, they're ditching the berets.
Wonder how the hospital got around the doctor/patient confidentiality rules/laws in releasing his BAC.
“....after he failed to heed their orders to move a sufficient distance from the Queen’s Limo....”
Since when do talentless idiots (or any idiot, for that matter) have the right to establish a no person zone around a limo?
I’d like to get a squad of seals at the next airport this b*tch and her idiot minions are at...and let them try that on the seals.
A pity the Democrat Party cannot remember this when selecting candidates.
Public drunk does not require a BAC to support the charge, at least in civilian courts. What would have been the reason to collect a BAC as part of medical treatment?
Agree that honor code violation is a different animal if the cadet lied about consuming alcohol or the amount. The Academy rushed to judgement in this matter, IMO.
I saw this last month, and finally calmed down. Seeing it again,I am still pretty angry at this woman and her entourage, when you see the guy knock him down,then straddle him and talk trash to him while he is concussed (what he is CLEARLY doing in a position of dominance)
But I am REALLY pissed at West Point, because they just took this right off the bat and acted on it, basing their actions on the word of people posing with the jerk “Don’t you know who I am” washed up singer, and now in light of the video, will not reverse their stance.
This cadet was railroaded. Maybe he did lie about something and run afoul of the sacred “Honor Code”, but he should never have been put in the position to do so, if that video is any indication.
I'm not going to disagree with you. It has always been my experience that the service academies won't punish public drunkenness in civilian areas unless that behavior rises to a criminal charge (or arrest causing the cadet to miss time). I don't believe that happened here.
Instead, somehow a blood alcohol test was administered and the results of that test was provided to the Academy. How that happened has yet to be publicly explained. It's odd. And, I agree about the ridiculous policy about the BDUs (or as the Navy and Marines call them, cammies). They're fine for garrison, but outside of garrison, you should be wearing your service uniform. In this regard, the Marines have always had a much more (I think) respectable policy of NOT allowing Marines to wear cammies off base, except when in the course of an official duty that prescribed cammies.
Good news indeed!
I am afraid you are mistaken, sir. Having attended Annapolis. Our Honor code/concept was quite simple: Midshipmen shall neither lie cheat or steal. At least that was the version while I was ensconced on the Severn. They went back to a longer version shortly thereafter, but it basically had the same idea.
Now...the UCMJ and the Brigade’s code of conduct/regulations talked about public intoxication and disorderly conduct; but nothing in the honor code said anything in that regard. Maybe a 6000 series chit for that...the worst hoped it would get them a black N to at least have something to show for it, but hardly expulsion.
I actually read that in a hard-copy paper - one of the military papers, either Stars & Stripes or perhaps Military Times.
With respect to the BAC, I mention just above that I'm not sure how the Academy came to be in possession of that test. It's possible that they simply asked the cadet to provide it, or he volunteered the information. Remember, when you're a member of a service academy, lying is just as bad (and maybe worse) as any infraction. I believe it's rule number one - don't lie.
And, as you point out, it's possible that he lied about consuming the booze, and then the Academy read the police report that decried the cadet as smelling of alcohol. However, I don't think that's likely because if he was expelled for lying, it's not likely that they would have been so immediately agreeable to reinstatement in 18-months, which they clearly have been.
I don't know if Rasmussen is in the video, but watch it thru to the end. The hugs, the grins and the good time laughter begin at approx. 2:51.....culminating with security guy getting a photo taken with the Queen.......
I’m sorry, I should have said “code of conduct” and not “honor code”.
Where did you read that Cadet King's BAC was over the legal limit?
And, where did you read that the hospital confirmed the cadet's BAC was over the legal limit?
(Why do I already have the feeling that you will not be able to provide us with a citation for the above information.)
Thanks for the update and ping.
If this in fact is what Rasmussen did he should not only lose his job but the cadet’s lawyer should nail him and Patti LaBelle.
The Houston Press is an “alternative” news source that is mostly lib and kooky. The ‘Hair Balls’ column is kind of their version of TMZ.
Why don't you read the whole thread before making snide comments.
Seems like a real D-bag !
Actually, she complained that he was too close to her luggage. I believe she was still in the limo.
Why don't you read the whole thread before making snide comments.
Oh, I'm the douche-bag because I requested a citation?
I noticed that you have not responded with specifics because you don't have them. Casually referring to Stars & Stripes or Military Times does not cut it. Dig it out if that is your source. You owe the thread that as well as not besmirching Cadet King by such comments.
I'll await your citations.
What you are overlooking is LaBelle’s royal status. She must be protected from the commoners!
“That ain’t drunk !”
Drunk is lying face down on the grass with fingers and toes dug into the ground to keep from falling off the planet as it spins.
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