LaBelle son testifies for bodyguard at Texas trial

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Singer Patti LaBelle walks out of the courtroom after testifying on the witness stand at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguards on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. LaBelle told a Houston court Thursday that Richard King scared her in 2011 when he staggered toward her limousine at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. LaBelle's bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, is charged with misdemeanor assault in the clash caught on security video that landed King in a hospital with a head wound. Records show King's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving. King testified Thursday that he could not remember details of the incident. King has also filed a civil lawsuit against the singer and Holmes. LaBelle has countersued.(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran)

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HOUSTON (AP) — The son of singer Patti LaBelle says he was hit in the face by a man in a Houston airport terminal after the man shouted racial slurs at his mother.

KTRK-TV of Houston ( ) reported Zuri Edwards testified Friday in the misdemeanor assault trial of his mother's bodyguard, Efrem Holmes.

Holmes beat Richard King in the Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal in 2011. Holmes' attorneys say he was defending LaBelle and Edwards from King's onslaught.

King had a blood-alcohol level of .28 percent, almost 3½ times Texas' legal threshold for intoxication. He's testified he doesn't remember what happened the day of the airport incident.

King has filed a lawsuit against the singer and Holmes. LaBelle countersued.

The Grammy-winning entertainer testified Thursday that King scared her when he staggered toward her limousine.

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