In a statement to ET, Hay said that he had not read Becoming Beyonce and that the release of the book "came at the worse [sic] time for me professionally." Hay said he is a Tidal Rising producer, which is part of the Jay Z-owned streaming service.
"I'm surprised that people are even talking about this still because I admitted this in the press seven or eight years ago," he said, adding later, "I brought the truth out on my own years ago because I was feeling convicted [sic] about it then and wanted to clear the air."
Meanwhile, Taborelli claims the stunt led to Beyonce and Jay Z splitting in 2005, before getting back together.
Hay says that today, he would say "I'm sorry" to Beyonce and Rihanna.