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Solange, Jay Z and Beyonce break their silence on hotel elevator incident

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 12:27 PM EDT, Fri May 16, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Solange Knowles, Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, release a statement
  • TMZ released video showing an altercation between Solange and Jay Z in an elevator
  • They say they have "worked through it," saying all families have their problems
  • The statement refutes that Solange was intoxicated

For the latest on what went down inside the elevator, watch "CNN Spotlight: Beyonce" at 10 p.m. ET on Friday.

(CNN) -- We may never know the why -- though there has been no shortage of speculation on the Internet -- but at least now we know what the Carter-Knowles family has to say about their already infamous elevator fight.

Solange Knowles, Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, have released a statement about surveillance video originally posted by TMZ showing Solange, the younger sister of Beyonce, hitting and kicking her brother-in-law.

Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, right, reportedly had an altercation at a Met Gala after-party at New York's Standard Hotel on May 5. Security camera footage that appeared on TMZ doesn't tell the whole story, but there are plenty of pictures of the rapper, his wife, Beyonce, and her sister leaving the party. Here's what photographers captured after the alleged tussle: Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, right, reportedly had an altercation at a Met Gala after-party at New York's Standard Hotel on May 5. Security camera footage that appeared on TMZ doesn't tell the whole story, but there are plenty of pictures of the rapper, his wife, Beyonce, and her sister leaving the party. Here's what photographers captured after the alleged tussle:
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Did Jay Z and Solange brawl in elevator?

The trio had previously not spoken publicly about the incident in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City following the Met Gala held on May 5. But on Thursday, they broke their silence.

The family referred CNN to a statement they previously gave to the Associated Press. The statement says:

"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.

Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred.
Statement given by the trio

"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."

Following the incident, the sisters were photographed leaving together while Jay Z left in a separate car.

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