R&B diva Patti LaBelle has settled a dispute involving a woman and her child for $100,000, reports say. In 2010, the diva rented a Trump Place apartment for three months in Manhattan as she performed in the “Fela!” broadway musical, in which she made $50,000/week.
Allegedly LaBelle became irate with a then-pregnant woman and her then-18-month daughter in the lobby of the complex and shouted explicits at them and threw water on the mother. Court documents said the child, now 3 1/2, has suffered “personality changes, sleep disorder” and “increased fear of strangers.”
The child’s mother plans to donate the money from the settlement to a children’s cancer fund. “This is an opportunity for Patti LaBelle to help a lot of children, and I feel good about that,” she said. Details outlining why LaBelle became irate are unclear. The mother and the husband’s attorney said LaBelle opted to settle the case before even being deposed. He noted the difficulty that LaBelle would have faced at trial, when he would have brought the little girl into court and said, “That mean woman over there, with the 300-pound bodyguard, was yelling at her.” “The jury would be shaking their heads,” he said.