As soon as I saw the leaked video of Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in the elevator at the Standard Hotel after the Met Ball, I was pretty curious about how it made its way to my eyeholes, and I have a feeling the rest of you were the same way. (Although presumably without using the term ‘eyeholes’.)
It seems to me like the only people who could have had access to that footage would’ve been hotel employees, so I was really wondering about the level of the payout from TMZ. After all, once you’re responsible for a snafu like that, not only are you guaranteeing yourself a rapid firing just as soon as your employers trace the leak to you, but you’re completely screwing over your former employers, because the hotel you work(ed) at is no longer reliably discreet, a necessity for celebrities. You shan’t be seeing Beyonce around here anymore.
On that note, here’s the statement The Standard released after the video went live. You can almost smell the desperation:
“We are shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system and the confidentiality that we count on providing our guests. We are investigating with the utmost urgency the circumstances surrounding the situation and, as is our customary practice, will discipline and prosecute the individuals involved to our fullest capacity.”
A threat that it seems like they’re in the process of following through on right now, as apparently the employee who sold the tape has now been fired and is facing legal action. But you don’t care about any of that, do you? You just want to know how much this person got to release the video. And I’ll tell you…
According to Elite Daily, it was $250,000.
YIKES. A quarter million dollars? That’s gotta be years of salary, and probably decades of rent, depending on how high in the ranks the former employee was, and how much they were pulling in annually. Who knows if it will end up being worth it after the hotel does its worst in the legal department, but holy crap that’s a big number.
Way higher than I was expecting, and yet…not quite high enough to justify spending the rest of your days bankrupt and unemployable. I’m really curious to see how this plays out.
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