Lawsuit: LaBelle Threw Water at Tot in NYC Lobby

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

The couple live in a Manhattan building where the Grammy Award-winning singer stayed for a time while appearing in the Broadway musical “Fela!” last fall, said the Monks’ lawyer, Samuel L. Davis.

He said LaBelle chastised 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, he said.

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

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Pictured: Patti LaBelle poses in the press room at the Swarovski Fashion Rocks concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 18, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)