Solange Knowles makes first public appearance since elevator incident

Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce are desperate to control the damage to their carefully crafted public image following Solange Knowles’ embarrassing meltdown in a viral video. The surveillance video which was leaked by a former NYC hotel employee showed Jay Z being pummeled unmercifully by Solange in the elevator of a posh NYC hotel on May 5th.

The video went viral, sparking rampant speculation about what may have prompted the savage beat down.

Normally, Beyonce doesn’t respond to idle gossip from the lessers, but Bey and Jay took the uncharacteristic step of releasing a statement to try and contain the damage.

In addition to releasing a statement, Beyonce and Jay Z called the paparazzi to snap photos of Solange embracing her much older boyfriend, Alan Ferguson, in a park near their home in New Orleans.

Their goal was to portray Solange as a normal woman who has healthy interactions with men — and not the crazed, unhinged mental case that insiders claim she is.

The singer wore a thin yellow dress and was seen embracing the older man and laughing while checking messages on her Smartphone.

Below is the full text of the statement:

“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, 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 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.”

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