"She was traumatized by this for three or four months. She was a very happy, outgoing child who would typically play in the lobby on a daily basis. All the tenants knew her, the doormen knew her," Davis added. "For a period of time she became very timid and afraid of strangers and afraid of loud noises and very clingy and didn't want to go to the lobby."
Davis said Monk did not know who LaBelle was when she encountered her in the lobby. And, he said, it remains unclear why the singer targeted her.
"She's supposed to be a nice lady but this level of violence in the presence of such a young child is very troubling and the outright denial that she ever did this is even more troubling," Davis said.
This isn't the first lawsuit against LaBelle. West Point cadet Richard King sued the singer last year when her security team attacked him at a Houston airport, ABC News reported in 2011. He was talking to his brother on his cell phone when her bodyguards "sprang into action," according to the civil suit he filed. Surveillance video of the attack that was later released show King being punched and falling against a concrete pillar.
"Apparently defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence," the lawsuit said. "LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to a trio of bodyguards." The suit said LaBelle "watched the vicious assault, with approval, from her limousine."
A police report of the incident said that King was belligerent and harassing the occupants of the limo, including striking a member of LaBelle's entourage. The case has yet to be resolved.
As for LaBelle's most recent case, Davis is asking that the singer apologize to his client and her 17-month-old daughter.
"Ms. LaBelle owes an apology to the Monks for the harm she caused and I'm hoping she expresses that since this case has now been dismissed," the attorney said. "There is no legal detriment to admitting she was wrong and sorry for her hurtful conduct."