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.