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Beyonce's dad Matthew Knowles speaks out about stolen-funds controversy

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On Monday, Beyoncé’s father and former manager Matthew Knowles filed documents in a Texas court revealing that he was dismissed as his daughter’s manager after an audit by concert mega-promoter Live Nation showed that he had allegedly stolen funds from her. Now, Knowles has given an interview to the Associated Press about the dust-up and the status of his relationship with his daughter Beyoncé.

Knowles began with a denial of any wrongdoing. “We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyoncé, and all dollars will be accounted for,” he told the AP on Thursday afternoon. “In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims — they have to come into the light.” 

Interestingly, Knowles added that he doesn’t believe the allegations of the stolen money was why he was dismissed, but instead that Beyoncé cleaned house on her entire team. “She changed almost every aspect of her business.”

Knowles also claimed that the fracas has not caused personal problems with his daughter. “The relationship with Beyonce is extremely amicable,” he continued. “I want to make that clear. Where there’s concern is the people that she’s doing business with. I’m challenging all of these folks on integrity, professional integrity.”

And despite his insistence that their relationship is fine, Knowles claimed that he has not addressed the issues with Beyoncé since the split. Instead he simply said they’d have to work things out in the legal arena. “The only way we will be able to understand this is through a court of law,” he says he told Beyoncé. “That’s the only way either one of us will be clear if someone in our camps did something that was not correct.”

Reps for Beyoncé apparently did not respond to requests for comment, while Columbia Records and Live Nation had no comment on the interview.

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