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The Word: The diva vs. the baby

If you are a baby and happen to come across singer Patti LaBelle, it’sbest if you pull up your diaper, grab your rattle and crawl right out ofthere.

If you are a baby and happen to come across singer Patti LaBelle, it’s best if you pull up your diaper, grab your rattle and crawl right out of there.

It was disclosed yesterday in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that the singer screamed obscenities at a toddler and threw a punch at the baby’s mother (who also happens to be a school teacher) sometime this year. The mother, Roseanna Monk, is now suing LaBelle, who was living in Monk’s Manhattan apartment building while appearing on Broadway’s “Fela.”

According to Monk’s lawyer, reports The New York Daily News, this is what happened: The 18-month-old toddler, named Genevieve, was “scampering” around the apartment building’s lobby when LaBelle, who is described as being in “full star regalia with oversize shades and a fur coat” became upset at the baby as she walked through. “‘What are you doing letting your kid run around like that?’” she reportedly yelled. The lawyer goes on to say LaBelle then “started screaming”?and “throwing water from a bottle at the mother’s face and the baby’s face.” As if that wasn’t enough, LaBelle then took a swing at the baby’s mother.

LaBelle was then ushered into a waiting car by her entourage and the baby then “violently” threw up.

So far, the singer hasn’t responded to the allegations. She’s probably too busy not-babysitting to do so.

And in other baby news...

Christina Applegate might not want to have LaBelle as a guest star on her TV show “Up All Night” anytime soon. As she tells “The View,” having her 9-month-old daughter Sadie around was a priority when deciding to do the new NBC show. “My whole thing was, ‘I’m not doing this unless I can bring her.’ So they had to build me a room for her and it’s got her toys and a crib and she takes her naps there,” the actress explains. “That’s called a crazy mother who said, ‘No, I’m not doing anything unless I can be with my baby.’”

For more gossip news visit Dorothy Robinson's Word blog. Follow her on Twitter @DorothyatMetro.

 
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