As much fun as we’re all having watching and re-watching the video of Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in the elevator of The Standard Hotel, we also need to acknowledge that now that The Standard has identified and terminated the employee who leaked that video, that person is essentially screwed for the rest of his or her life.
After being shopped around for five days, the surveillance camera footage was reportedly purchased by TMZ for $250,000, after a bidding war. Now, that sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but with multiple parties rumored to have an intent to pursue legal action, it’s not gonna last ten minutes. This is an individual we’re talking about, going up against a successful New York City hotel with their reputation on the line, and three members of one of the most influential families in the world who’ve been embarrassed on a global scale.
Even if only one of them sues this individual, and even if the person (whoever he or she is) wins the suit, the quarter million dollars is gonna be eaten up by legal fees in a matter of months, if not weeks. Everyone involved is gonna have top-shelf lawyers, and those don’t come cheap. Their only hope for getting through this relatively unscathed, I feel like, was having covered their tracks successfully enough so that the hotel couldn’t determine who leaked the footage. But it looks like that ship has officially sailed, as Brian Phillips, a spokesperson for The Standard, released the following statement yesterday:
“The Standard has identified the individual responsible for breaching the security policies of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video released by TMZ. The Standard has already terminated the individual and will now be pursuing all available civil and criminal remedies.”
They’ve also promise to turn over ‘all available information to criminal authorities’, and that’s quite enough terrifying legal jargon for me in one paragraph, thank you very much. How and where does it end for this person? They’re already lost their job, and I feel like now they could be embroiled in legal battles for years to come. And even when they get through them, they’d likely be facing bankruptcy and crippling debt.
I’m still fascinated by the video and incredibly curious as to what happened to make Solange lose control (and why no one is treating this as seriously as they would if it were a man getting violent with a woman), but I can’t stop my empathy going out to this poor idiot who thought they were gonna make a quick buck and be able to walk away.