Azealia Banks was reportedly assaulted by Russell Crowe in a hotel fight on Sunday evening (Oct. 16) and has since filed a police report. The incident reportedly occurred at a Beverly Hills hotel and Banks first responded by going to the Beverly Hills Police Department and demanding an apology from the Oscar-winning actor that he was unwilling to give her.
The rapper first responded in a Facebook post reported by E! News, which read, “To recap my night, I went to a [party] at Russell crowes suite, at which he called me a n- - - - r, choked me, threw me out and spat at me.” The post has since been deleted and further read, “Last night was one of the hardest nights of sleep I’ve had in a long time. The men in the room allowed it to happen. I feel terrible today.”
TMZ first reported the news, and alleged that eyewitnesses describe Banks as laughing at the actor’s music at the party and calling them “boring white men.” Crowe then reportedly grabbed the rapper in a “bear hug” and ousted her from the party as he called security. Banks had been invited by RZA, who she is currently working with on a movie and record deal.
A representative for Banks, Raymani, told E! on Monday that Banks is not ready to comment further on the incident but is planning to press charges and reveal her side of the story. Raymani further said that Banks is “disgusted” by the false reports of what happened in the hotel suite and is “disappointed” in the behavior of those at the party.
Banks just can’t seem to stay out of controversy, and this incident follows the rapper’s good news that she had signed a record deal with RZA. She has also signed on to act alongside Jill Scott and Common in his musical drama, Coco. At this time, no further details have been released on the ventures.