Remember the beatdown Richard King, former West Point cadet, allegedly got at the hands of Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard Efren Holmes and her son Zuri Edwards at a Houston airport? Well, a federal judge granted Zuri Edwards approval to file a third-party complaint against Continental Airlines for allegedly overserving alcohol to Richard King before the altercation occurred. Richard King sued Patti LaBelle, whose real name is Patricia Edwards, in state court last June claiming she ordered her bodyguards to attack him because he was standing too close to her luggage at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Besides LaBelle, King named her son/bodyguard Zuri Edwards, and two of her other bodyguards involved in the fight, Efren Holme and Jane Doe, as defendants in his state suit alleging assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and defamation.
The case was removed to federal court where Edwards brought a counterclaim against King for assault, and LaBelle brought a counterclaim against him for intentional infliction of emotional distress due to his alleged racial slurs, and profanity during the incident.
Edwards subsequently filed a motion seeking to file a third party complaint against Continental Airlines. Edwards claims that because the airline kept serving King alcohol despite his obvious intoxication it is liable to him for the damage King inflicted. Or if he is compelled to pay King any settlement that Continental must contribute to it, or indemnify him.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison granted Edwards’ motion in a ruling he issued Wednesday.”King filed no response to Edward’s motion. Edwards did not unduly delay filing the motion, and Edward’s proposed third-party complaint has substance because it asserts claims directly against Continental based on injuries to Edwards, and also requests contribution and/or indemnity,” Ellison wrote. Source
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