Knowles-Carter Clan Break Silence on Jay Z, Solange Elevator Smackdown

Hip-hop power couple Jay Z and Beyonce and Solange Knowles are speaking out — and, apparently, moving on — after footage of Solange attacking her brother-in-law Jay in an elevator at New York’s Standard Hotel surfaced online this week.

The nearly four-minute video of the altercation was sold to TMZ this week for $250,000. It shows Solange, 27, apparently yelling at, kicking and hitting Jay Z, 44, while a security guard restrains her.

In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, the Knowles-Carter family says Jay Z and Solange “have apologized to one another” following the elevator incident, which went down shortly after the trio he Met Gala on May 5,

“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5, 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. 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 family also seeks to debunk rumors that Solange had been drankin’ (the wrong kinda liquor) prior to the attack:

“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. 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.”

The Standard Hotel responded to the leaked tape with a full investigation, which resulted in the termination of one of their employees.

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