Azealia Banks is claiming that Russell Crowe was hitting on her before her alleged hotel party assault this past Sunday (Oct. 16). The Oscar-winning actor has already denied the claims, as well as other guests at the party.
Banks has allegedly already filed a battery report against Crowe and has claimed that he assaulted and used racial slurs against her. The rapper also went to the police when Crowe wouldn’t apologize for the alleged incident and representatives for the actor have denied the claims against him.
The “212” rapper has referred to Crowe as “a racist, misogynist pig” and said to The Sun, “Russell and I get next to each other. He’s talking to me, I’m talking to him, and we start flirting. We’re having a really good time. He’s got his knee on my knee, he’s touching my leg, I’m playing him my music, he tweets my song ‘The Big Big Beat.’ He’s like ‘I love this, you’re beautiful, this is great.”
Crowe’s girlfriend allegedly told Banks that the actor thinks she’s “hot” but that she spurned his advances. Reportedly Crowe had been drinking heavily as well as smoking cannabis and “just kind of switched,” choking and spitting on her as well as ousting her from the party.
Jim Jefferies, a comedian who was at the party, took to Twitter and referred to Banks as “a complete liar.”
“This is 100 percent the truth.” He tweeted. “I was there, she was out of control. Russell did absolutely nothing wrong.”
“Azelia Banks is a complete liar.” He further said. “I was in the room. Russell Crowe is completely innocent. I would take a lie detector.”
This is 100 percent the truth. I was there, she was out of control . Russell did absolutely nothing wrong. https://t.co/9ySHgz5MGs
— jim jefferies (@jimjefferies) October 17, 2016
Azelia Banks is a complete liar. I was in the room. Russell Crowe is completely innocent. I would take a lie detector. — jim jefferies (@jimjefferies) October 18, 2016
According to NME, another source close to Crowe responded to the claims against the actor, saying, “Azealia’s behavior that night was abrasive, shocking, rude, offensive, abusive and erratic. She used the N-word repeatedly and hurled the insult at others repeatedly. Russell never used that word.”
“Azealia’s shocking and erratic behavior culminated in her lunging toward Russell and one of his guests and threatening to slice their throats. It was at that time that Russell put her in a bear hug and removed her from the suite, in protection of himself and his guests. Hotel security was called and he was escorted from the premises.”