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Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2014.    REUTERS/Lucas Jackson   Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson   

TMZ Paid $250,000 For Jay Z/ Solange Elevator Fight Video

The person who leaked the elevator security footage showing Beyonce’s sister Solange hitting and kicking Jay Z got VERY rich — right before they got fired. (RELATED VIDEO: Beyonce’s Sister Attacked Jay Z)

Page Six reports that the gossip site/ Big Brother TMZ paid $250,000 to the person who recorded the surveillance footage (likely with a cell phone) of the May 5 brawl at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

According to the Associated Press, the Standard launched an internal investigation immediately after the video leaked on Monday and on Wednesday fired the person who sold it to TMZ for “”breaching the security policies of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video.”

The person could face petty larceny and piracy charges for stealing and distributing video footage that belongs to the hotel.

So while this dude — or lady — could face some serious fines and jail time, at least they got some dirty TMZ money to tide them over.

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