Did Solange Knowles attack Jay Z?
The website TMZ released on Monday, May 12, what it says is surveillance video of the 27-year-old R&B singer yelling, hitting and kicking at the 44-year-old rapper and producer inside an elevator, in front of her sister and his wife, Beyonce, 32. Another larger man is seen restraining her as she struggles, while the person resembling Jay Z does not seem to retaliate. The outlet said the incident took place at the Standard hotel in New York after the three attended the 2014 Met Gala on May 5 (see PHOTOS from the event).
The three have not commented about the video, which has gone viral and spurred the hashtag #WhatJayZSaidToSolange to trend on Twitter.
No audio is heard and the people's faces are not visible in the black and white clip. They sport similar outfits to the ones worn by the three at the event -- Jay Z wore an ivory tuxedo, Solange donned a tangerine short, ruffled 3.1 Phillip Lim dress and Beyonce sported a black beaded Givenchy Couture gown with a short, matching veil and dangling Lorraine Schwartz earrings. In the video, the woman resembling Bey is seen at one point stepping in between the two as the other man continues to restrain the woman said to be her sister.
UPDATE at 4:20 PM ET: TMZ released a longer clip of the incident. The larger man restrains "Solange" for a full minute as she appears to yell at "Jay Z." He eventually lets her go but blocks her from the couple, who remain mostly still. "Solange" continues to speak to "Jay Z" and "Beyonce" while pointing her finger repeatedly. She soon starts scuffling with him again and the larger man pushes her away. The four eventually exit the elevator.
Solange has attended past celebrity events with Beyonce and Jay Z before -- they all performed at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April and last year, they sat together at the Grammys.