Carter, Knowles battle no Hatfields and McCoys

Posted: May 16, 2014

AFTER A VIDEO leaked of Solange Knowles punching and kicking Jay Z as if they were in a steel-cage match, the first round of rumors claimed that Solange was mad because her sister's hubby hadn't done more to help her recording career.

The second round of rumors, however, better explained the reason Beyonce stood like a wax figure during the bout and later rode off with Solange instead of Jay.

Seems Solange was sticking up for her big sister. Seems Solange thought Jay Z was paying a little too much attention to designer Rachel Roy at the Met Gala.

But now the trio is trying to keep the controversy at Bey.

In an exclusive statement to the Associated Press yesterday, the family said that they have worked through their differences and moved on.

"As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it," the statement said. "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.

"The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false," the statement continued. "At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."

* In related news, the Standard Hotel, where the trouble-making security footage was recorded and later leaked, has identified the leaker and fired the person.

The hotel said the person had been terminated for violating the standard employment agreement and "breaching the security policies of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video."

* And in even more related news, Jessica Williams has been named "The Daily Show" Senior Beyonce Correspondent.

Oprah in the court

Retired physicist Charles D. Goodman, who lives near Oprah Winfrey's new property above Telluride, Colo., is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbors for decades.

Goodman claims that Winfrey's Yellow Brick Road company, the property's former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the land purchased for $10.9 million in March.

Kind of ironic that you can't follow the Yellow Brick Road trails.

The Denver Post reported yesterday that the former owners, Hoyt and Carol Barnett, asked for a correction to property records shortly before selling the land.

Goodman claims that that erased easements allowing residents of nearby homes to use the trails.

Mountain Village denies the accusation. Town community development director Chris Hawkins said that the correction only cleared up ambiguities and that the town and Winfrey's team want to continue to allow trail access.

You get a trail! You get a trail! You get a trail!

Yellow Brick Road spokeswoman Wendy Luckenbill said in a statement that the company will continue to work with the neighbors to ensure "reasonable" access for neighbors over portions of the land.

Oprah plans to build a mansion and guest home on the property, and plans will reportedly require building a bridge over a ski run and cutting down an estimated 800 to 1,000 trees to comply with the town's wildfire mitigation policies.

Ah, what do we need trees for?

Try Camden's Aquarium

An aquarium in a Japanese town known for dolphin hunts is being sued by American activist Ric O'Barry (the documentary "The Cove"), who says that denying him entry is discriminatory.

The suit filed by the former trainer of "Flipper" says that the Taiji Whale Museum refuses entry to Western-looking people who want to check on a baby albino dolphin it has in captivity.

O'Barry said he was determined to take the white bottlenose he calls Angel to a more natural habitat, such as a sanctuary.

"They don't want people like me to go into the Taiji Whale Museum to monitor Angel," O'Barry said yesterday in Tokyo following a trip to Taiji, where he delivered his protest to the aquarium.

Katsuki Hayashi, who heads the aquarium, says it routinely denies entry to non-Japanese activists, such as members of Sea Shepherd, who come annually to protest the dolphin hunts. He said other visitors are welcome.

He declined to comment on the lawsuit as he had yet to see it.

"We just politely refuse those kinds of people," he said. "They demand we free the dolphins."

O'Barry believes Angel is being harassed (perhaps bullied?) by other dolphins and is traumatized by being separated from its parents.

When asked what happened to Angel's parents, museum dolphin trainer Tetsuo Kirihata said: "We don't know for sure. They may have become meat."

Probably not the best defense.


* And the winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for author of the year . . . Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh won for his best-selling "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims." Nominees are determined by how many copies their books sell, but winners are picked by kids, who vote online. The awards were presented by the Children's Book Council, a nonprofit (a/k/a socialist) trade association.

Veronica Roth's "Allegiant," the finale of her blockbuster "Divergent" series, won the award for best book for teens.

* According to Life & Style, George Clooney's fiance Amal Alamuddin has put him on a strict pre-wedding diet because she thinks he's too fat.

And so it begins.

- Daily News wire services

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