Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange Knowles, made headlines for brutally attacking Jay Z in a hotel elevator following the Met Gala after party. Officials from the Standard Hotel are furious that the elevator security footage had been leaked, and the employee responsible has been terminated. The video footage shows a very angry Solange ferociously hitting her sister’s husband with a 1.1 pound Anya Hinmarch metal bag. Beyoncé’s body guard had to hold Solange back, as she threw kicks and punches towards her sister’s husband Jay Z.
Although Jay Z has not pressed charges against his wife’s sister, the Manhattan police could press charges against Solange even without Jay Z’s cooperation. Retired NYPD officer, William J. Cox says, “It happened in a public place, so she could definitely be charged with disorderly conduct. She could also be charged with attempted assaulted in the third degree”.
According to common law, police officials have the power to perform an arrest if there is probable cause that a criminal offense has been committed despite the victim’s compliance. In this case, the district attorney will be the one pressing charges. Complications can arise when a victim is uncooperative however, this does not negate a criminal prosecution. Therefore, it is not required that the victim file a complaint against the defendant for a criminal prosecution to take place.
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