Actor is reportedly insisting he did nothing wrong
Azealia Banks has reportedly filed a battery report against Russell Crowe after accusing him of assaulting her and uttering racial slurs.
TMZ, which first reported on the alleged incident, now says that Banks went to the police yesterday afternoon (October 16) after Crowe refused to apologise for what allegedly happened.
Banks wrote on Facebook earlier today (October 17): “I have receipts. Stay tuned.”
Representatives for the actor have reportedly told TMZ that Crowe declined to apologise because he insists he did nothing wrong. Contrary reports suggest that it was Banks who was thrown out of a party hosted by Crowe after she threatened guests.
TMZ first reported that Banks attended a dinner party hosted by Crowe in a Beverly Hills hotel suite on Saturday night (October 15), with an “erratic” Banks allegedly describing her fellow guests as “boring white men” and mocking their music choices.
‘Eyewitness’ accounts claim that Banks threatened guests by saying: “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino shit.”
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Banks alleged that Crowe “called me a n****r, choked me, threw me out and spat at me”. She went on to add: “The men in the room allowed it to happen. I feel terrible today.”
In a statement from the rapper’s representative, Banks is described as “tremendously distraught and disheartened. She is shell shocked and will speak out on the incident once she has had time to process the brutality and abuse she was unjustly subjected to.”
Crowe has not responded to the allegations publicly but NME has reached out to the actor’s publicist for comment.