Patti LaBelle has been accused of throwing water from a bottle and swearing at a woman and her toddler during a confrontation in a New York apartment, according to a new lawsuit.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer has not commented on the matter, which was reported by the Associated Press. The lawsuit was filed at a New York court on Monday.
Roseanna Monk, a kindergarten teacher, says LaBelle scolded her for allowing her daughter Genevieve to walk several steps away from her as she focused on carrying luggage and a car seat inside the building's lobby.
The incident in question is said to have occurred in November 2010. LaBelle had lived in the apartment complex last fall while appearing in the Broadway musical "Fela!," the woman's lawyer told the news wire.
Monk told the New York Post, which printed a photo of her and her child, that LaBelle "said in an aggressive tone, 'You shouldn't have left your daughter by the door."
"'I told her, 'I have no interest in what you say or think,'" Monk said. "She became enraged and started using profanities ... She had a bottle of water and started flicking water from the bottle on me."
The newspaper quoted her as saying that LaBelle then "lunged" at her while she was holding her child, and "had to be restrained by her entourage and be pulled out to a waiting car." At that point, Monk said, Genevieve was crying and also vomited.
Monk filed a police complaint over the matter, the Associated Press said. No arrests or charges have been made.
The report comes months after a West Point cadet sued LaBelle, accusing her of ordering her bodyguards to beat him up. The singer filed a counter suit, saying he was the one who attacked the men first after hurling racial insults at her.