The video of Solange Knowles allegedly attacking Jay Z in an elevator at the Standard Hotel after the Met Gala has been viewed nearly six million times on YouTube, has generated a slew of memes and has remained a top Internet trend all week.
So it should go without saying that the viral clip, obtained by TMZ, was sold for a serious chunk of change—a number which may even raise Beyoncé's eyebrows.
Page 6 reports that the tape was sold for $250,000 after "being shopped for five days to the highest bidder."
The tabloid also reports that the Standard Hotel has hired Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer to investigate who sold the tape. "There are only a handful of people who'd have access to that tape," said the source. "The Standard owns that tape." But, "Once it was out, Jay Z's people felt they couldn't control it. They were reluctant to try and publicly fight this."
Another source told E! News that TMZ bought the video from a female security guard. The source was told she received between $50,000 to 100,000 for it.
The shocking clip, which was recorded May 5, shows four people, presumably, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange and a bodyguard entering the elevator before the aggravated woman, who is presumed to be Solange, begins yelling at the gentleman in white (purportedly Jay Z) before launching into a violent attack.
While it's unclear what initially provoked Solange, Page 6 reports that the singer has recently gone through a great deal of turmoil after starting her own record label, Saint Records. "She used to be on [Jay Z's] label [Roc Nation], but now she isn't. And she moved to New Orleans from Brooklyn with her son. Solange still spends a lot of time in New York, but she is further away from her family, which has created some issues."
Additionally, the singer shared a few fighting words with Rachel Roy before brawl.
According to a source, "Solange and Rachel Roy got into an argument prior to the elevator incident," which apparently provoked the singer.
Roy has known the Knowles family for years as she used to be married to Jay Z's ex-partner Dame Dash, and yesterday, after the tape was released, Dash posted a picture on Instagram of Solange with the caption "I am actually impressed with her independent spirit, she seems like a fighter."
As for what sent Solange over the edge?
"Jay said something inappropriate to Beyoncé and Solange, and she snapped," a source told People. "When they got in the elevator, it escalated quickly the way family tensions can. It got exceptionally heated the way family moments can."
"Solange is super protective of Beyoncé," the insider added.