NY hotel probes leaked video of attack on Jay-Z
A HIP New York hotel said on Monday it is investigating how surveillance video of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay-Z in a lift wound up on an Internet gossip site.
The fuzzy, silent black-and-white video posted on TMZ.com shows Solange kicking and hitting Jay-Z at the Standard hotel, site of an afterparty following the glamorous Met Gala in New York on May 5.
A bodyguard is seen trying to restrain the clearly agitated 27-year-old singer, whose 32-year-old megastar sister stood in the corner, alongside her 44-year-old husband of six years.
The trio can be recognised by the outfits they wore earlier that night at the Metropolitan Museum fashion gala - Solange in a pink Phillip Lim dress, Beyonce in a sheer black Givenchy Haute Couture gown and Jay-Z in a white tuxedo jacket.
In an e-mail to AFP, the Standard hotel in Lower Manhattan expressed outrage that the 31/2-minute video had gone viral, and it threatened disciplinary and legal action once it finds who made it public.
"We are shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system and the confidentiality that we count on providing our guests," it said.
"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."
Neither Solange, Beyonce nor Jay-Z mentioned the incident on their respective Twitter feeds on Monday, and representatives did not immediately return calls asking for comment.
Solange, whose new album is due out later this year, performed at the Coachella music festival in California last month, where Beyonce joined her on stage, delighting fans.
The Met Gala afterparty took place at the Standard's exclusive rooftop Top of the Standard lounge - better known among New York night owls as "the Boom Boom Room".