EXCLUSIVE: UWS Family Tells Of Alleged Altercation With ‘Enraged’ Diva Patti LaBelle

Monk Family Suing Singer After Saying She Assaulted Their 18-Month-Old Girl

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — An encounter with Patti LaBelle has struck a sour note for one Upper West Side family. They are suing the singer for assaulting their 18-month-old baby.

The family spoke exclusively to CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown on Tuesday.

LaBelle’s “New Attitude” helped make her famous, but that “attitude” now has the disco diva in hot water.

“She became … enraged,” Roseanna Monk said.

Monk said she was in the lobby of her Upper West Side apartment building last year with her husband, and daughter, Genevieve, who was then a year and a half old, when LaBelle, who also lived there, walked in and went on a furious rampage.

“One thing I remember her saying is ‘I hope you have a terrible life.’ And I heard a lot of f-words,” Monk said.

Roseanna, who was also pregnant at the time, said LaBelle was angry that Genevieve was standing by the lobby door, and launched into a tirade of curse words. And she said at one point the singer, who’s famous for her moves, doused her with bottled water and even lunged at her.

“She was trying to come get me. Her people had to literally hold her back,” Monk said.

The Monks said the whole ordeal terrified their daughter.

“I can’t begin to describe the sheer — just — terror and state that she was in,” Kevin Monk said.

The Monks are now suing LaBelle, alleging the entire family suffered emotional distress, especially Genevieve.

“As a parent, [it was] very upsetting!” Roseanna Monk said.

This isn’t LaBelle’s first dust-up with the law. Over the summer, two bodyguards were arrested and charged with assaulting a West Point cadet at a Houston airport.

The Monk family said the point of the lawsuit is to teach LaBelle a lesson, and not profit financially. They said they’ll donate any money they’re awarded to a children’s cancer charity.

Brown reached out to LaBelle’s attorney numerous times Tuesday for comment, but was told she was unavailable.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Brenda Kwang

    All of you knuckleheads are assuming that this is true. Did it ever occur to you that this family could be lying or at least distorting the truth of an incident that happened? Everything has multiple sides and I hate foolish people who jump and assume someone is guilty prior to learning the facts from multiple sides. When people sue celebrities and there are no discernible injuries or any harm, just vague “emotional distress,” then I know something is up and the supposedly honest people are just seeing dollar signs. And to devon who left the racist comment: I think all bigots who hate black people and think that whites and other cultural groups can’t be just as bad or good should be silenced permanently. You cretans are the cause of a lot of harm in this world. Willful, hateful bigots do not deserve life in my view.

  • JohnW9540

    What is this woman like 70 now? Weren’t patty laBelle and the Bluebelles around back like 65 or 66?

  • Donna

    Interesting video, I would guess that’s the DIVA LaBelle’s very large SUV parked at the fire hydrant as well!

  • devon

    blacks being black. move along folks, nothing here to see

  • Bernie Sanders

    that bitch ! not buying her records anymore ! she is boycotted !

  • juan adams
    • macdaddy

      Yeah, looks like the NY Post had it first. CBS always seems to have an “exclusive” after someone else breaks a story. Ethics?

  • susan

    once a diva always a diva! maybe the fact that she is no longer on the charts as a top pop singer is getting to her!

    • doc in NJ

      I think her time as a “diva” ended when “Back to the Future” was still in theaters…

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