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In fight between Jay Z and Beyonce's sister, TMZ is the aggressor

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It is said money does not buy happiness. One would think, though, gobs of money might afford one the convenience of not getting assaulted by their own sister-in-law. Mega-celebrity, Brooklyn Nets enthusiast and Beyonce's husband, Jay Z can now attest, it does no such thing.

Jay Z got into a bit of a dispute with Beyonce's sister following some gala, because that's what you do when you are Jay Z and Beyonce; you go to galas. If the grainy details are to be understood, it was not a dispute, so much as Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in an elevator. The incident came to light when TMZ got their hands on the elevator security video, because that's what you do when you are TMZ; you offer people money to invade privacy and break laws then hide behind your soulless lawyers.

We are delighted for the role TMZ played in exposing current Clippers owner, Donald Sterling's idiocy. But they ran the Jay Z business admitting they don't know the reasons behind it. It could be a simple alcohol-induced rage, or Solange may have just learned she has a terminal disease brought on by excessive hair coloring. Either way TMZ acquired the tape from someone who stole it. More accurately, they gave their own gobs of money to someone who they know did not have permission to release the video, then ran it without any consideration for the individuals involved.

In their limited defense, TMZ does fine work shaming semi-covert bigots; Sterling, Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson, etc. And if one of Justin Bieber's supposed friends sells TMZ a video of him peeing in a mop bucket, everyone gets what they deserve. But to reward someone who you know climbed Robert Pattinson's fence, or stole Lady Gaga's medical records, is not simply tasteless, but should itself be illegal.

Thus far, TMZ's legal representation has found the means to allow them to do what they do. One can only speculate (see hope) the involved lawyers, producers and consumers will, in the next life, stand side by side, neck deep in their beloved filth.