Jay Z, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have broken their silence for the first time since footage was released this week showing Solange attacking her rapper brother-in-law, Jay Z, following a Met Gala after party.
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it,” begins the statement.
“Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologised to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”
The release of the footage on celebrity news site TMZ, set off rampant speculation earlier this week, with many left guessing about the events leading up to the incident. The statement has denied that Solange, 27, who can be seen in the footage punching and wildly kicking Jay Z, was intoxicated.
“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behaviour throughout that evening are simply false,” the statement continued. “At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
This week Manhattan’s Standard Hotel, where the incident took place, said it has since identified and fired the employee responsible for leaking the tape to TMZ.
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