A New York boutique hotel is investigating how a recording of
a security video that purportedly shows rapper Jay Z being
attacked by his sister-in-law, R&B singer Solange
Knowles, was leaked to a website.
The video posted by celebrity website TMZ.com appears to show
the 27-year-old Knowles, younger sister of Beyonce, charging
and striking Jay Z several times in an elevator at the
Standard Hotel in New York's Meatpacking District before
Beyonce looks on in the three-and-a-half-minute video without
audio, which quickly became an internet sensation, sparking
several parody videos and photos.
Singer Solange Knowles arrives at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit before the apparent
lift incident. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
The three are seen dressed in clothing that they had worn
to the Met Gala benefit on the night of May 5. But
representatives for all three did not immediately respond to
requests for confirmation of the incident.
The hotel, the venue for a post-gala party, promised to
prosecute whoever was behind the recording, calling it a
breach of security and guest confidentiality.
"We are investigating with the utmost urgency the
circumstances surrounding the situation and, as is our
customary practice, will discipline and prosecute the
individuals involved to our fullest capacity," the hotel said
in a statement without naming Jay Z, Beyonce or Solange
The Standard Hotel, which has locations in Los Angeles and
Miami Beach, Florida, is controlled by hotelier Andre Balazs'
Standard International management company.