Rapper/singer is in turn accused of making threats at a hotel suite party
Azealia Banks has accused Russell Crowe of assaulting her and uttering racial slurs, while contrary reports suggest that it was Banks who was thrown out of a party hosted by Crowe after she threatened guests.
TMZ reports that Banks attended a dinner party hosted by Crowe in a Beverly Hills hotel suite, 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 Azealia’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.
Wu Tang Clan‘s RZA reportedly invited Banks to the party and TMZ report that he refutes that Crowe ever used racial slurs, instead stating that it was Banks who said the ‘n-word’.