NYC Mayor Bloomberg Defends Jay-Z and Beyoncé Treatment at Lenox Hill Hospital

As Jay-Z and Beyoncé welcome the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, many controversial claims have surfaced regarding the celebrity couple receiving special treatment from Lenox Hill Hospital. But amidst public outrage, both the Carters and Lenox Hill have found themselves a surprise supporter: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

According to Perez Hilton, the Mayor’s stance on the issue represents his background as an entrepreneur, stating, “Let’s step back a little bit here. If [the hospital] got paid a lot of money and it lets them provide services to other people who don’t have insurance or can’t afford it, I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing. Full-paying patients are very valuable to hospitals in this day and age.”

Bloomberg also reiterated the importance of  “an enormous revenue source,” especially during an era where budgets continue to tighten.

Lenox Hill Hospital’s executive director Frank Danza spoke out Wednesday (January 12) to clear the rumors, clarifying that contrary to the chatter in the media, no complaints were received from patients. According to Danza, “No security plan that we or the Carters’ security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access.

Though the hospital continues to deny rumors that special privileges were given, it is reported that Mr. and Mrs. Carter paid approximately $1.3 million for an entire wing to be sanctioned off just for them, a claim Danza also denies, adding that B was admitted into a freshly renovated executive maternity suite that cost up to $800 a night. The room came equipped with four flat-screen TVs and a kitchenette, among other top-notch amenities. TMZ got a hold of photos today (January 12) [see below]:

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According to several accounts, security of the mogul duo denied access to fellow parents attempting to visit their newborn infants in the neonatal unit. —Christian Bonoan

  • Sha

    Let the destruction of another black family commence!!!!

    Let’s keep it real folks. If this were anyone like Brad Pitt or any of those lily-white superstars there wouldn’t be any controversy.

    But the simple fact is this: A billion dollar BLACK couple whose fame can’t allow them the normal luxury of having a child without fanfare (and yes, I said normal luxury) are being picked apart for the same reasons that Mrs. Obama is constantly being portrayed as the “Black Woman with an Attitude”.

    Some folks just hate to see Black folks on the come up. And that goes for sell-out blacks and non-progressive whites. Jigga got his money the hard way, got married FIRST, and then had his child. He deserves to have his child under the protection of his dollar bill. Even if it ruffles a few feathers. Because truth be told, most people who have their children in hospitals are moved around or restructured on a daily basis because of silly reasons, without their knowledge. Keep it real.

  • Wheel Chair Jimmy

    bs. no one cares about the room she’s staying in, that’s pretty much a standard for celebrities. the issue is on a day which some people view as the most important of their life a person is denied access to their newborn simply because a singer feels someone may try and take a pictures of her child is wrong. Celebrities put themselves and their family into the spotlight which is completely their prerogative. Beyonce had no problem “promoting” that unborn baby on chat shows but now she wants to turn the machine off. People who have zero relationship with the singer are punished because their children happen to be born on the same day. and Jay-Z from the ghetto champion of the people, always seems to step on the same people when he feels so. (also see “occupy all streets”)

  • Hiphop king

    Celebrity procedure fuck the people who couldn’t see their baby. They act like they had to wait a week and shit and Jay didn’t 1.3 million to clear out the floor. Every celebrity had their baby at the hospital and you don’t hear no bullshit but as soon as Beyonce have her child its this huge problem give me a fucking break.

  • amag

    thats not even the real room thats a cg rendering you cant fool me tmz.

  • Sue

    Here go all the blacks getting their backs up making it a racial issue. It happened, it was wrong and all people involved black, white blue or pink are responsible. Where is simple consideration.

  • francois

    Leave them alone – they paid more and the hospital needs cash to serve others – what is your problem – no issues here at all. A little special treatment – so what ? There is no equality in this world – wake up some people – be realistic because you will do the same thing if you have money.