Azealia Banks pulls out of deal to sign with RZA’s label following Russell Crowe incident

Banks and the actor were involved in an alleged altercation at a hotel party recently

Azealia Banks will no longer be signing to RZA‘s label following the fall-out over her alleged altercation with the actor Russell Crowe at a hotel party.

Banks reportedly filed a battery report against the actor after accusing him of assaulting her and uttering racial slurs. Banks went to the police after Crowe refused to apologise for what had allegedly happened, and has since told The Sun that she considers the 52-year-old to be a “a racist, misogynist pig” after the incident. Crowe’s representatives have denied any wrongdoing on the actor’s part since the incident came to light.

In the story’s latest development, TMZ has reported that Banks has now pulled out of an ongoing deal to sign to RZA’s label, as the Wu-Tang Clan founder – who invited the artist to the party – decided not to defend her side of events in the fall-out. RZA’s camp maintain that it was Banks who used the racial slur in question, while also clarifying that they believe that she was in the wrong over what happened at the party.


Meanwhile, a source close to Crowe responded to the claims yesterday (October 18), saying: “Azealia’s behaviour that night was abrasive, shocking, rude, offensive, abusive and erratic. She used the N-word repeatedly and hurled that insult at others repeatedly. Russell never used that word.

“Azealia’s shocking and erratic behaviour 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 she was escorted from the ­premises.”


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