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Hospital denies Jay-Z and Beyonce paid $1.3 million to rent whole floor

Beyonce and Jay-Z. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A spokesman for the Lenox Hill Hospital, where Blue was born Saturday, has denied reports that Beyonce and Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to rent out the entire fourth floor for their first child’s arrival.

“The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations,” hospital spokesman Frank Danza said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

The couple’s private security detail has also been the subject of some troubling reports.

Brooklyn contractor Neil Coulon told the NY Daily News he was stopped from entering or exiting Lenox’s neonatal intensive care unit to see his twins by the couple’s security detail three times. His wife, Rozz Nash-Coulon, told the New York Times a security guard lied to her, saying a sixth-floor hallway was blocked off because “they’re handling hazardous materials.” She said that the security camera lenses had been taped over.

“We really believe the hospital is culpable in this because they didn’t let us know what was happening,” Nash-Coulon said.

Danza addressed these claims in the statement.

“We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days,” he said. “No security plan that we or the Carter’s security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.”

Meanwhile, Blue Ivy’s parents “are in heaven,” they said in a statement confirming their daughter’s birth on Jay-Z’s Life + Times Web site. The statement was accompanied by the rapper’s heart-warming ode to his daughter, “Glory.”

“Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives,” the statement said. “We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

The famous family left Lenox Hill Hospital early Tuesday morning, according to the NY Daily News.


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