Solange Denied Entry to Club for Carrying Inflatable Banana

Beyoncé's sister says she was discriminated against by Miami police

August 30, 2011 5:45 PM ET
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Solange Knowles
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Solange Knowles has claimed that armed law enforcement officials in Miami discriminated against her at a nightclub because she was, as police later reported, "in possession of a 5-foot-tall inflatable banana."

According to a spokesperson for the Miami Beach Police Department, Knowles was not allowed access to Miami's Club Cameo because she was holding the inflatable banana. "Ms. Knowles' demeanor caused the officers to escort her across the street to further the conversation, where Ms. Knowles claims one of the officers pulled a 'weapon' on her, not a firearm, and threatened to deflate the banana," Detective Juan Sanchez told E! News.

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Knowles, the 25-year-old sister of Beyoncé, later insisted on Twitter that she was denied access to the club for "racially motivated" reasons. "I could have left quietly, but I am sick & tired of this scenario being played over & over again," she wrote. Earlier today, the singer wrote a series of Tweets linking to other cases of discrimination by the Miami Beach police force.

It is unclear why Knowles was a carrying 5-foot-tall inflatable banana.

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