By now I am sure you have all heard about the little dust up between Jay-Z and his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles, a couple weeks ago. The whole thing was caught on tape and first reported by TMZ. Solange was apparently quite upset about something that Hova said or did, as she went ballistic and physically attacked him in an elevator after the Met Gala in New York City. Contrary to his reputation for wielding a strong pimp hand, Mr. Carter refrained from defending himself from the assault or retaliating (probably wise, given his considerable size & strength advantage, not to mention his likely desire to avoid sleeping on a couch for awhile). That was Solange’s first bit of luck – the man she went after was family, and wasn’t likely to incur the wrath of his wife and in-laws by going Darth Vader and striking back.
She’s also lucky that her intended victim is someone much richer and more powerful than herself. Jay-Z is worth upwards of half a billion dollars nowadays, and could probably afford to turn himself into Robocop if he were badly injured (or just wanted to be awesome). Solange, on the other hand, is mostly known for being Beyonce’s sister. She has managed to accrue a net worth of about $5 million herself, which is some nice pocket change. Had Solange attacked one of us mere mortals in the Inland Empire, she might have been on the receiving end of a personal injury lawsuit. Many people would view being hit by a wealthy celebrity as their meal ticket – just getting a nice settlement would be life-changing for the average Joe. And there five million reasons to sue her if she were to cause an injury, so it definitely wouldn’t be a case of trying to get blood from a stone.
So the moral of this story is, if you’re planning to lose it and attack someone in an elevator, make sure that you go after someone who 1) wants to keep sleeping with your sister and 2) has so much more money than you that filing a lawsuit would be more hassle than it is worth.