This past weekend, Solange took to Twitter after an incident with Miami police left her feeling displeased and discriminated against. More details have now emerged, and to no surprise, Miami PD and Solange have conflicting accounts of what took place; however, both accounts do involve an inflatable banana.
Solange gave her exclusive to E! News, insisting that she did nothing to provoke the officer or escalate the situation. Knowles’ rep had the following to say:
She says that Knowles and two friends went to a club, where she somehow obtained a large balloon that they planned to give to a pal’s kid the next day.
They cabbed it to another night spot, where the bouncer informed them that they couldn’t take the balloon inside.
“They decided to go across the street to deflate the balloon, where they encountered two police officers who had casual, light-hearted conversation with them,” Knowles’ rep states. “One officer pulled out a switchblade and threatened to pop the balloon. They felt it was inappropriate, but the turning point happened when he then took out the switchblade a second time with the blade open and said to them, ‘I don’t find the humor in this, anymore.’ The blade was less than a couple feet away from Solange and her friends.”
The officer proceeded to “forcefully” ask them to move, gesturing that they cross the street though there was oncoming traffic, the rep continues.
Solange then asked the officer what was it that they did wrong, and he forcefully responded again to move,” she told E! News. “When a taxi pulled up, they got in and headed home. Solange made a series of calls to report the incident and was told to be prepared to be arrested when she came in to report the incident if her story was false. Solange simply wanted to report that the officer pulled out a weapon, when she had done nothing illegal, disruptive or belligerent.”
“Solange is actively filing a report and has not yet decided on further legal action,” her rep concluded.
However, the Miami Police Department has a little different account of the situation:
MBPD spokesman Juan Sanchez said the incident began when Solange Knowles was denied entry to South Beach nightclub Cameo because she was carrying the five-foot inflatable fruit.
Knowles began to complain the reasons for not being allowed inside were racially motivated, according to Sanchez, and off-duty officers working at the club escorted her across the street to continue the discussion.
The 25-year-old shortly made an informal complaint to an on-duty sergeant that one of the men pulled a weapon –late Monday, she identified it as a switchblade – and threatened to deflate her banana. [SOURCE]
I guess the only thing that’s clear, is that there are definitely a few holes in the story. Well that, and the fact that it really is completely bizarre. I mean, who would’ve though this whole thing was centered around a damn banana?