Lesson of the day: Steer clear of Patti LaBelle's stuff. A West Point cadet caught a brutal beating from the singer's bodyguards in the parking lot at Houston's Bush International Airport in March for standing too near her limousine and luggage, a lawsuit alleges. Richard King, a senior at the U.S. Military Academy, is suing LaBelle and three of her entourage for unspecified damages after suffering a pummeling and concussion.

"Apparently, defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her [no doubt expensive] luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in," the lawsuit reads.

Security cameras show police posing for photos with LaBelle after King was loaded into an ambulance.


P!nk gave b!rth! And like any responsible parent, Doylestown's pride announced the personal milestone via Twitter. She and motocross hubby Carey Hart "are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl, Willow Sage Hart. She's gorgeous, just like her daddy. #beyondblessed"

The newborn will make a subtly spicy addition to the ever-expanding "noun" category of celeb children, alongside Apple, Coco, Ever, Honor, and Pilot Inspektor.

Speaking of children, TMZ reports that former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer  has proposed a custody deal in which he would get son Jude, 6, and ex-wife Camille would get daughter Mason, 9. Camille is contesting it.

Charlie's angel


nolead begins   nolead ends Cameron Diaz and slugger Alex Rodriguez are kaput, according to Perez Hilton's website, fitperez.com. Diaz, who reportedly "tried so hard to please" the Yankee third baseman, is "hurt and betrayed," Unnamed Source says. Aw - remember when she fed him popcorn at the Super Bowl?

Houston has a problem?

The rep for Whitney Houston denies the singer-actress is suffering from emphysema, a claim reported Friday in the National Enquirer. An Alleged Friend of Houston's said that "doctors are warning her she'll die a horrible death" if she doesn't kick cigarettes once and for all. Houston's rep told E! News the Enquirer's story is "completely untrue." Houston canceled a number of her European tour shows in April because of a respiratory infection.

Transformer trouble

Movie-star boy wonder Shia LaBeouf told the L.A. Times that Megan Fox bailed on the third Transformers installment because of a conflict with director Michael Bay. Fox, who has cited Napoleon and Hitler in describing Bay's directorial style, took issue with his "lascivious" approach to filming women, LaBeouf said.

"Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It's summer. It's Michael's style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it," LaBeouf said. " . . . We're on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact."

British Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who replaces Fox in this summer's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is more equipped to handle Bay's direction, LaBeouf said.

In other Words . . .

Olivia Wilde will join Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper and other members of an all-star cast for the coming film The Words. It marks Wilde's second go-round with Tron: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. The Words is their directorial debut.

It's the story of a writer, played by Cooper, who steals his work from another writer, played by Jeremy Irons, and must face the aftermath.

The cast also includes Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, John Hannah, J.K. Simmons, and Nora Amezeder. Filming is set to commence this month in Montreal.

Cupcakes for al-Qaeda!

Reports say the British intelligence unit MI6 hacked into an al-Qaeda website and, in place of bomb formulas, posted cupcake recipes from the Ellen DeGeneres' website! Isn't that nice? Recipes included mojito cupcakes. No word on whether our Ellen knew.

Violent vid crossfire

Rihanna has both critics and defenders of the controversial vid for her latest single, "Man Down," which depicts the singer shooting an unarmed man in cold blood at a train station.

In an MTV article published Friday, National Organization for Women national prez Terry O'Neill said Rihanna "is working out personal issues through her art." Paul Porter, former BET programming director, said, " 'Man Down' is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song." Rihanna defended the video via Twitter: "it's really ironic how women r always exploited n videos..we watch women b raped&murdered.now a woman flips the coin &look!"