Solange and Jay Z Video Leaker Fired From Hotel

Rapper also drops extortion charges against producer over lost master tapes

Solange Jay Z Video Leaker Hotel Fired
Solange at the Met Gala on May 5 Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
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The hotel employee who leaked the footage of Solange allegedly attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z, a.k.a. the most famous elevator video of all time, has been caught and fired, as the AP reports. New York's Standard Hotel, where the altercation took place, said the unnamed person was let go for "breaching the security policies of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video."

So far, that's the most any representative of any of the involved parties has said. Jay and Beyoncé, who was also in the elevator, haven't commented, though they did attend a Brooklyn Nets playoff game and were seen smiling, laughing, and talking with Miami Heat star LeBron James from their front row seats. Solange, meanwhile, deleted a few pictures of Beyoncé from her Instagram account, but several photos of her big sister are still live on the account, contrary to other reports. The Standard also said it will turn over "all available information to criminal authorities," so whoever leaked the video could be getting slapped themselves, albeit with a lawsuit and not a woman's palm.

Meanwhile, Jay Z has one less problem on his plate. Last month, he was allegedly the victim of an extortion plot over master tapes of his recordings from the late '90s and early 2000s. Producer Chauncey Mahan had the tapes, valued around $20 million, since 2002 and was asking for a $100,000 "storage fee" from the rapper. The LAPD detained him over the issue, but now Jay Z has decided to drop the charges, with no reason given, but he won't get those tapes back just yet. According to TMZ, the police will hold onto them until a civil court judge hears the case and rules on the ownership.

 

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