NEW YORK (NEWSWATCH33.COM) – Since the aftermath of the horrific shooting that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina involving Dylann Roof, many have protested the use of the Confederate flag after photos were shown of Roof parading the flag in photos he had taken prior to the incident.
According to Ralph Hammerstein, an attorney representing Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, the couple is attempting to purchase rights to the Confederate flag to prevent further use of the flag on merchandise. According to Hammerstein, the couple is “in the works” of purchasing all resell rights to the confederate flag.
“My clients are adamant about purchasing the rights to the Rebel Confederate flag. They have expressed deep concern regarding the flag and how it is tearing apart our nation. Mr. and Mrs. Carter wants to assist in the abolishment of the flag by purchasing the resell rights to the Confederate flag. If my clients are successful, purchasing the rights would mean that anyone who wants to produce merchandise using the Confederate flag would have to get permission from Mr. and Mrs. Carter. My clients have expressed that they are not looking to profit from the use of the flag but rather prevent any further use of the flag on merchandise,” according to Hammerstein.
Further information indicates that the cost of purchasing the rights is expected to be close to $280 Million. The cost of the flag wouldn’t hurt the finances of the couple given their combined net worth of $1 Billion, making them the highest grossing couple in entertainment. If Jay-Z and Beyonce are successful, they would be the first African-American couple to own rights to the Confederate flag.