How much did Patti LaBelle’s display of diva-tude cost her? One hundred thousand dollars.
Two years ago, in the lobby of the Trump Place apartment she was renting for her three-month, $50,000-a-week appearance in the Broadway musical “Fela!”, the singer broke into a profane tirade against a pregnant mom and her little girl.
According to the New York Post:
The Grammy-winning singer allegedly shouted the F-word, called the mom Roseanna Monk a “c–t,” and drenched her with bottled water after complaining that Monk’s then-18-month-old daughter was playing near the lobby door of an Upper West Side apartment building where LaBelle was staying in 2010.
When Roseanna — by then cradling her tot, Genevieve, in her arms — accused the “Lady Marmalade” singer of making the girl hysterical, an enraged LaBelle then allegedly had to be held back by her entourage and hustled into a waiting car.
Court papers said the child, now 3 1/2, has suffered “personality changes, sleep disorder” and “increased fear of strangers.”
That seems like a wild claim considering the child is three, but Patti’s lawyers knew the jury would never side with the singer. So, they settled the case before it was deposed.
After the suit wound up in Manhattan federal court last year, LaBelle denied that she was “liable in any way for any alleged claims of injury” and said the Monks were “more than 50 percent at fault.”
The family is probably not hurting for money though considering they were staying in the same building as Patti LaBelle. Still, I assumed they’d put the money in a college fund for their daughter and use compound interest to send her to school in 15 years on the singer’s dime. It turns out they’re donating the money to the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund.
Ironically, Patti’s temper may help save another child’s life.
What do you think about this story? Does 100-thousand dollars seem like too much or too little?
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