Hotel fires guard who leaked video of Solange attacking Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York in this May 5, 2014 file photo. A New York boutique hotel on May 12, 2014 said it was investigating how a recording of a security video that purportedly shows rapper Jay Z being attacked by his sister-in-law, R&B singer Solange Knowles, was leaked to a website. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION)
Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles at the Met Gala. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files)

The Standard Hotel, which has now become known as the home of the world’s most notorious elevator — at least this week — has fired the security guard who leaked footage from its elevator security camera to TMZ.

The Internet is still puzzling out the motivations for Solange’s attack on Jay Z at a Met Gala after-party. The latest from Page Six suggests that she lashed out because she was dropped from Jay’s Roc Nation label. Solange started her own label, Saint Records, last year. While we may never know what really prompted the outburst, we do know the hotel has fired the person responsible for making sure the whole world knew about it. According to Page Six, the perpetrator shopped the tape for five days before settling on a price of $250,000 from TMZ.

The three-minute tape appears to be a video of a video; that is, it looks like someone recorded the images, probably with a cell phone camera, directly from the closed-circuit television he or she was supposed to be monitoring. At the beginning, you can see the screen was divided to show images from other cameras before the person zooms in to capture the now-infamous elevator footage.

Representatives from the Standard told the Associated Press that they were “shocked and disappointed” by the breach. The hotel also said it was turning over “all available information to criminal authorities,” which would include the name of the leaker, who should probably make sure that quarter-million doesn’t get consumed by legal fees. The hotel is retaining the services of Martin Singer, the same lawyer who’s representing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer in a lawsuit that alleges the director was the perpetrator of sex abuse.

RELATED: From Jay Z and Solange to Rep. Vance McAllister, how does security footage get leaked?

Solange Knowles is in the news with the release of a video purporting to show her and Jay Z brawling in an elevator—but she is an established musical act in her own right. (Tom LeGro/The Washington Post)
Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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