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Lenox Hill Hospital is attempting to downplay the controversy surrounding the birth of music princess Blue Ivy Carter after complaints from other parents, saying the Carter team denied access to the ICU ward, among other things.
One couple from Brooklyn said that as they tried to go home at 11 p.m. on Saturday night, a security guard prevented them from leaving. The unlucky new parents were told they weren't allowed to leave the 6th floor, Rozz Nash-Coulon told The New York Times.
“We were told we could walk no further,” Nash-Coulon said Monday. When they asked for an explanation the guard "claimed, unconvincingly, ‘Well, they’re handling hazardous materials,’ even as a large group of people screened from view were passing through the main hallway he had declared off-limits."
Other parents were prevented from entering the neonatal unit on the 6th floor, which was particularly frustrating for Edgar Ramirez. Security guards kept him from his wife and newborn for three hours. Another parent said he was prevented from meeting his family for over 20 minutes, and by the time he could get through, they had been escorted to the hospital lobby.
According to the New York Post, the couple spent months preparing, including sending in their own security team to scope the hospital and installing a bulletproof door on Beyoncé's room. All the windows on her floor were also darkened.
Security cameras were also covered, which parents argued caused a security threat to other hospital visitors and patients.
Lenox Hill claims that no one has formally complained about being disrupted by Beyoncé's crew, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Monday.
"The family does have its own security detail on site. However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility," Danza said, clarifying the report. "We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days. No security plan that we or the Carters' security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU,"
Danza also refused to comment on the price of the deluxe suite used by the Carters, except to dispel the rumors that the family had shelled out $1.3 million for an entire floor of the hospital.
It seems the question of a double-standard dished out for Beyoncé compared to other new parents will remain a mystery.