Beyoncé, her husband Jay Z and sister Solange Knowles have publicly acknowledged a fight that took place in a hotel elevator on May 5 and said Thursday in a statement that they are moving past it as a family.
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"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," an exclusive statement to The Associated Press said. "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 apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
The altercation between Solange and Jay Z was caught on an elevator security camera at New York's Standard Hotel and leaked to TMZ. The footage showed Solange punching and kicking the hip-hop mogul as he tried to block the blows. Beyoncé was briefly caught between the two and a fourth individual believed to be a bodyguard stepped in to stop it all.
The group was attending an after-party at the hotel following the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala. There is no audio in the black-and-white, 3-minute video. On Wednesday, the Standard identified and fired the employee responsible for leaking the footage.
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Speculation as to what caused the fight was widespread on the Internet this week.
"The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false," the statement to AP 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."
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