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 being
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.
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 Knowles.
The Standard Hotel, which has locations in Los Angeles and Miami
Beach, Florida, is controlled by hotelier Andre Balazs' Standard
International management company.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken and
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