Neil Coulon, the father of premature twins born at the same hospital as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby girl says the singer security kept him from seeing his newborns.
Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, arrived via scheduled Caesarean section at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Saturday night.
Neil Coulon, 39, from Brooklyn, said the stress of his wife Rosalyn delivering two premature girls was tripled when Beyoncé’s towering bodyguards allegedly barred him from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit.
The father told the New York Daily News that security also cleared a waiting room of his relatives – some who drove four and a half hours to the Manhattan hospital to see his newborn twin girls – and described Beyonce as treating the hospital like “an exclusive nightclub”.
Neil Coulon said: “Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday – just because they wanted to use the hallway.
“They should have been more strategic about it. These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology.”
It has been reported that Beyonce and Jay-Z spent $1.3 million to seal off and redecorate a wing, complete with bulletproof glass and ultra-tight security measures.
Neil Coulson, from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (where Jay-Z hails from) said he was appalled at the double standard.
“I know they spent $1.3million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy but the treatment we received was not okay.
“My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins. She is sore. Nobody needs this.
“This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children. To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.”
A source at the hospital told the paper: “Some people were upset. I heard a gentleman say he couldn’t go upstairs to see his baby.”
However, hospital spokeswoman Anne Silverman said she had not personally heard of the complaints.
“We take patient satisfaction very seriously. This is the first time I’m hearing about it.”