As the masses fixated on footage of the elevator fight between Solange Knowles and her brother-in-law, Jay Z, the rapper and wife Beyonce went out in public at a Brooklyn Nets game Monday night as if nothing unusual were going on.
Of course, the Nets-Miami Heat game came a full week after the May 5 debacle that was captured on that surveillance video -- so it was only the leak of the footage that was news about the high-profile twosome, not the altercation itself.
It turns out that Solange, 27, may have had more than one fight the night of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in New York City: She allegedly yelled at designer Rachel Roy, or perhaps a group of people including Roy, at the Met Gala after-party that preceded the elevator incident.
Beyonce, 32, “got in the middle” of that blowup, a source told Us Weekly, though the subject of that disagreement was also unknown. Previously the sisters had been on the dance floor with supermodel Naomi Campbell -- who has a reputation for anger-management issues of her own -- while Jay Z, 44, hung by a fireplace in the background, according to an eyewitness.
Solange had accompanied Roy to the 2012 Met Gala, the magazine said; the singer and producer’s red-carpet partner this year was designer Philip Lim, whose creation she wore to the event.
Reynolds met the “Gossip Girl” star on the set of 2011’s “The Green Lantern,” and the pair wed in September 2012. He wore a velvet tux by Gucci and Lively wore a glittery dress by the Italian fashion house at the May 5 high-profile fashion parade. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images)
Mr. Shawn Carter reproposed to Mrs. Carter on the red carpet when she dropped a little bit of sparkle. The rapper and singer have been married for six years. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images (left), Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images)
The soccer star and former Spice Girl have been married since 1999. They went matchy-matchy in white. Victoria Beckham, who is also a designer, wore her own creation. (Justin Lane / EPA)
The intendeds, both in Lanvin, have the rumor mill churning with conjecture about their upcoming nuptials. Vogue’s April 2014 cover stars attended the 2013 gala when Kardashian was still pregnant with their daughter, North. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP Getty Images)
The Emmy-winning “Big Bang Theory” star, right, in a Brooks Brothers tux, attended the event with boyfriend Todd Spiewak. The pair has been together for more than a decade. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
Depp, in Ralph Lauren, met Heard on the set of 2011’s “The Rum Diary.” He confirmed their engagement in late March and has been wearing her engagement ring because it didn’t fit her. Heard wore Giambattista Valli Haute Couture to the ball. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP Getty Images)
The “Late Night” host wed Ashe, a human rights lawyer, in September 2013. The pair met at a wedding a few years prior. Meyers is wearing Calvin Klein Collection and Ashe is in Forevermark. (Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images)
The “Breaking Bad” star wore a Calvin Klein tux to the ball and brought his wife, whom he married in 1990. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
The football star and supermodel are one of the power couples constantly gracing the red carpet. Married since 2009, the pair has two children together. Brady wore Tom Ford and Bundchen is dressed in Balenciaga. (Justin Lane / EPA)
The color-coordinated “X-Men” star wore a Tom Ford tux and was accompanied by his wife. They’ve been married since 1996. (Justin Lane / EPA)
The actress and Dior spokeswoman wore a Dior couture gown and was accompanied by Penn, who held her hand on the red carpet. The pair has been romantically linked since January 2014. (Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
The Emmy-winning “Homeland” actress, in Oscar de la Renta, and her husband, in Prada, wed in 2009 and have a son named Cyrus. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
The “How I Met Your Mother” star and partner David Burtka, both in eye-catching Thom Browne tuxedos, have been together since 2004. They have a set of twins togther: Gideon and Harper, whom they welcomed in 2010 via surrogate. (Justin Lane / EPA)
The NBA star and his wife, in Cushnie et Ochs, married in 2010. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images)
The “Fringe” star has been dating the German actress since 2006. Kruger is dressed in a Jason Wu for Hugo Boss gown. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
The Oscar-winning actor, wearing Tom Ford, has been married to Giuggioli since 1997. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” costars hit it off on the set of the film’s 2012 prequel. At the gala, Stone wore a Thakoon look and Garfield wore a silver Band of Outsiders jacket. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
The comedian, in a Zac Posen ball gown, made her first joint red carpet appearance with the “Masters of Sex” star. Silverman even squeezed his backside on the red carpet. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” star made a rare red carpet appearance with his wife, Shauna Robertson. The pair dated for six years before getting engaged in November 2011 and marrying in 2012. They reportedly welcomed a baby boy in March. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
The “12 Years a Slave” star attended the ball with his girlfriend, Sari Mercer. They both wore Dolce & Gabbana. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
The soulful singer wed the Sports Illustrated model in Italy in Septembr 2013. Legend donned a Ralph Lauren Purple Label black tuxedo with tails, and his wife wore a Ralph Lauren Collection gown. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
The former model married the “Mob City” actor in 2003, and they have two children together, Finn and Grace. They both wore Calvin Klein Collection. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
The “Les Miserables” star, in Burberry, attended the ball with girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe. (Justin Lane / EPA)
After the elevator video went public, Solange purged her Instagram of nearly every photo featuring Beyonce, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. Given the nasty comments that had been posted Monday on Beyonce’s Instagram photos featuring her sister, Solange may simply have been removing destinations for critics to congregate online.
Then again, there could be more to the sister purge, depending on the nature of the elevator argument, which remains unknown. The parties involved haven’t commented.
A closed elevator doesn’t allow much room for those ubiquitous “unnamed sources” to get the scoop, but the Daily Mail did unearth one “family friend” who speculated that the spat had something to do with a long-running issue about Jay Z not helping Solange boost her music career. However, that, like any other speculative explanation, would have to fall into the “theory” column.
Solange has “flipped her lid like that before,” a source told Us Weekly.
The 45-second clip initially released by TMZ on Monday expanded to about 3 1/2 minutes when the website posted footage showing the rest of the elevator ride later in the afternoon.
Incidentally, while some outlets have speculated that the leaked video might have been downloaded from the hotel’s surveillance system, shaky camera work makes it pretty clear that what’s gone public is actually a tape of the footage playing on a monitor.
The additional footage appears to show Solange continuing to speak strongly to her brother-in-law while a man who’s functioning as a bodyguard stands facing her, with the couple on the other side of him. Jay Z and Beyonce are near the back wall of the elevator, facing forward, while Solange faces them.
Singer Beyonce and husband Jay-Z perform on stage at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Sunday, January 26, 2014. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Jay-Z and Beyoncé sang her single “Crazy in Love,” which featured Jay-Z at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003, in New York City.
When she broke off from Destiny’s Child, she was first featured on Jay-Z’s single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” about a runaway love affair. Later the two collaborated on her “Crazy in Love,” which gave rise to her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce.
“You know we were friends first for a year and a half before we went on any date on the phone for a year and a half,” she told Oprah Winfrey. “And that foundation is so important in a relationship. And just to have someone that you just like is so important and someone that is honest.” (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Singer Beyoncé Knowles and rapper Jay-Z pose for a photo at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena Aug. 29, 2004, in Miami. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The rapper and singer talk with R&B singer Usher at his private Grammy Awards party held at the Geisha House on Feb. 13, 2005, in Hollywood. Jay-Z’s 2004 album “99 Problems” won the Grammy for solo performance that year. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Beyonce and Jay-Z arrive for the 77th Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2005, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. (Gerard Burkhart / AFP/Getty Images/Courtesy)
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z attend her 25th birthday and “B’Day” album release party at the 40/40 Club on Aug. 31, 2006, in New York City. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Singer Beyoncé Knowles and rapper Jay Z pose for a photo at the NBA All-Star basketball game in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007. (Kim Johnson Flodin / Associated Press / Courtesy)
The hip-hop artist/entrepreneur and the singer-actress attend the premiere of “Cadillac Records” in New York. The rap mogul put a ring on it in 2008 after six years of unconfirmed dating. They got married in his Manhattan apartment and tried to keep the fancy party under wraps. (Evan Agostini / AP / Courtesy)
Singer Beyonce Knowles and husband Jay-Z arrive on the inaugural stage ahead of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Beyonce and Jay-Z attend the 58th NBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center on Feb. 15, 2009, in Phoenix. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic play in the men’s final of the U.S. Open in 2010 in New York City. (Al Bello / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z during the 52nd Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on Jan. 31, 2010, in Los Angeles. Beyoncé took six awards that night, a record for a female artist, and Jay-Z took three. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Beyonce arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, 2011, with a big surprise to share. The singer and actress caused a frenzy as she walked the black carpet revealing a definite baby bump. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The couple have a secretive moment during the 2011 NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on Feb. 20, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Both singers have their own fashion lines Rocawear and House of Dereon, respectively. Here, they attend the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011, in New York City. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2012 BET Awards at the Shrine on July 1, 2012. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images / Courtesy)
On January 7, 2012, she gave birth to their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
The music moguls haven’t offered a direct explanation of the name choice but Bey did share a limerick on her website that potentially clarified the choice. They added on “Ivy” because of the significance of the number 4 -- or IV. Both of them were born on the 4th of their respective birth months and the couple was married on April 4, 2008.
A few days after she was born, Jay-Z dedicated the song “Glory” to his daughter and the track featured her cries, so he credited her as “B.I.C.” ( Ed Burke for Beyonce.com / Associated Press / Courtesy)
Singer Beyonce, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West and television personality Kim Kardashian attend the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. Jay-Z and West collaborated on their critically acclaimed “Watch the Throne” album, which garnered the rappers seven Grammy Awards. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay-Z, Beyonce, 2012 Sportsman of the Year LeBron James and Savannah Brinson attend the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award presentation at Espace on Dec. 5, 2012, in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The New York rapper and Beyoncé look over at LeBron James of the Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference during the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center on Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston, Texas. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images / Courtesy)
This Jan. 21, 2013, photo shows the recording artists at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Beyoncé infamously used a pre-recorded track during her performance of the national anthem, which piqued the interest of many leading up to her halftime show performance at Super Bowl XLVII.
She later kicked off a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans belting out the national anthem. She then confirmed her use of the pre-recorded track during the inauguration because she was a “perfectionist,” adding that she “absolutely” planned to sing live during the Super Bowl halftime show. And she did. (Win McNamee / Associated Press / Courtesy)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z attend the after-party following the premiere of the HBO documentary film “Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream” at Christie’s on Feb. 12, 2013, in New York City. The documentary debuted the couple’s baby girl, Blue Ivy, and offered viewers a peek into the moguls’ hectic world.
While promoting the doc, she said “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man.” (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Singer Justin Timberlake, actress Jessica Biel, singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z attend the 55th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. Timberlake and Jay-Z performed Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” which features the rapper. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The couple visited Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. It is unclear why they traveled to the island nation, which has had a half-century trade embargo with the United States. (Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press / Courtesy)
Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z have a lunch at a restaurant in the old downtown of Havana, Cuba. During the trip, the couple was mobbed by fans and police were called to break up the crowds. (Alejandro Ernesto / EPA / Courtesy)
Beyoncé is seen in a balcony of the Saratoga Hotel in Havana next to her husband Jay-Z on April 5, 2013. The pop diva Beyonce and her rapper husband created a stir as they toured the streets of Old Havana, with hundreds of Cubans turning out to catch a glimpse of the power couple. (AFP / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams attend the 10th anniversary party of Billionaire Boys Club presented by HTC at Tribeca Canvas on June 4, 2013, in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The musicians celebrate the 40/40 Club’s 10-year anniversary party at the venue on June 17, 2013 in New York City. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay Z and Beyonce join several hundred people at New York Police Department headquarters in Manhattan to take part in a rally for justice in protest of the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of charges in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / Courtesy)
Jay Z and Beyonce backstage during the 2013 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. (Theo Wargo / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul greets Jay Z and Beyonce before the start of an NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press / Courtesy)
Jay-Z and Beyonce look up at the scoreboard during an NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Clippers in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press / Courtesy)
Just months after the surprise release of her self-titled album, Beyonce opens the 56th Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 with a steamy version of her single “Drunk in Love,” featuring her husband. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / Courtesy)
After winning the Grammy Award for rap-sung collaboration for “Holy Grail,” his track with Justin Timberlake from his “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album, Hova took the stage to praise his wife and daughter, Blue Ivy.
“I want to thank God, I mean, a little bit for this award, but also all the universe for conspiring and for putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” the rapper said. Then he tipped his gilded gramophone on it side and added, “I want to tell Blue, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!’” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / Courtesy)
Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay Z attend the 56th Grammy Awards. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The pair, at an NBA playoff game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 2, announced in late April that they would co-headline a stadium tour called “On the Run.” (Elsa / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The couple attends the 2014 Met Ball in New York on May 5. The rapper mock-proposed to Beyonce, in Givenchy, on the red carpet when some bling came off her outfit. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP Getty Images / Courtesy)
The couple is put under the microscope after footage leaks showing Beyonce’s sister Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator after a Met Ball party. Days later, the couple issued a statement saying the “family has worked through it.” (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP / Courtesy)
The pair join forces during their “On the Run” tour and share wedding videos and footage of daughter Blue Ivy during their opening night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on June 25. (Jeff Daly / Invision for Parkwood Entertainment / AP / Courtesy)
After months of speculation about alleged marital woes, the couple puts up a united front at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards where Bey performed. Then Jay Z and their daughter, Blue Ivy, presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award onstage at The Forum in Inglewood. (Mark Davis / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The couple attends Day 2 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on Aug. 31. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Photos of the pair being lovey-dovey at the Made in America Music Festival seemingly put to rest speculation about the end of their marriage. Split rumors had swirled around them after footage of the elevator brawl hit the Web. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images / Courtesy)
The doors open and close several times, but nobody boards the elevator or interacts with the group.
At one point late in the tape, Jay Z bends down to pick up Beyonce’s purse, which must have fallen to the floor during the altercation. As the bag makes its way into B’s hand, the bodyguard steps forward to pick up Solange’s clutch, which was also on the ground. She takes the opportunity to once again move toward Jay Z, then gets held back.
Finally, the bodyguard and Beyonce exit the elevator -- with Beyonce’s body language making it look like she can’t get out of that mirrored box fast enough. Jay Z allows the two to leave first, then appears to say one final thing to Solange, possibly getting her to pause by putting his hands on her left arm. She takes one more wild swing at him with her right hand, losing her bag once again.
The bodyguard and Beyonce come back into the elevator to settle things down, and finally the party of four exits.
Photos snapped by paparazzi as the group left the hotel show a stunned Jay Z, a ticked-off Solange and an inscrutable Beyonce. The women reportedly left in one car and the rapper in another.
Standard Hotels, which hosted the Met Gala’s unofficial after-party at the Boom Boom Room of its High Line hotel in New York’s Meatpacking District, released a statement to theGrio regarding the leak of the surveillance footage.
“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,” read the statement, which also noted that the hotel was conducting an investigation and intended to discipline and prosecute any individuals involved.
Also new from Beyonce and Jay Z: As part of their joint summer tour, they just announced a second concert date at the Rose Bowl in August. Tickets go on sale Friday, according to The Times’ Pop & Hiss music blog.