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Mother sues Patti LaBelle for throwing water at daughter

ARGUMENT: Singer Patti LaBelle has been accused of throwing water over an 18-month-old girl

SOUL SINGER Patti LaBelle is being sued by a woman who claims that the Lady Marmalade singer threw water over her 18-month-old daughter during an argument, it has been reported.

Roseanna Monk says that LaBelle flew into a rage after growing irritated by little Genevieve who was walking around the lobby of their New York apartment block before the incident in November last year.

The singer, who had been staying in the same apartment during her stint in Broadway musical, FELA! is said to have walked over to Mrs Monk, who was busy sorting out her luggage for a trip, and asked: "Do you know what your daughter is doing?"

Mrs Monk, who says she felt the question implied she was a bad mother, is believed to have retorted, "lady, mind your own business," at which point she claims LaBelle, 'lost it.'

The famous singer then began 'cursing and screaming' before throwing a water from a bottle she was holding at Mrs Monk and her daughter, according to Mrs Monk's lawyer Samuel L. Davis.

"We have no idea what flew her into this rage," Davis said.

He continued: "The baby's never been exposed to anything like that before… She started crying violently. She started throwing up."

CLAIMS: Roseanna Monk with daughter Genevieve

Mr Davis claims that the child has also suffered some element of post-traumatic distress.

"The baby had a hard time with this, she started not sleeping through the night and she had issues with loud noises and strangers," he said.

The songstress is also said to have lunged at the Mrs Monk when the mother of one confronted her outside the building and had to be restrained by her entourage before being pulled into a car by her bodyguards.

"Just because you have an entourage and bodyguards doesn't mean you can scream and throw water in people's faces," Davis added.

Representatives for LaBelle refused to comment on the story.

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