Azealia Banks launches GoFundMe to sue Russell Crowe

"This isn’t about a big pay day for me"

Azealia Banks has launched a GoFundMe to sue Russell Crowe after claiming that he spat on her in 2016.

The ‘212’ singer, as Stereogum reports, has launched the campaign to raise funds for a potential lawsuit against the actor.

Banks wrote on her fundraising page: “Whatever money comes of this will be donated to ocean clean up charities.

“This isn’t about a big pay day for me, it’s about letting the world know that black women are victims to the same sort of disgusting violence men in Hollywood deal out to women and it’s important to send a message that black women also deserve justice and will get justice in these situations.”

The 27-year-old rapper also claims that Crowe, 54, directed a racial slur at her, choked her and spat on her during a party in his LA hotel suite two years ago.

RZAwho invited Banks to the party, said she verbally abused other guests and “threaten[ed] to cut a girl in the face with a glass.” Banks responded by saying that said RZA was “gaslight[ing] [her].” Later, in an Access Hollywood interview, Banks claimed again that Crowe spat on her.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

She said: “Like, who fucking wants to tell someone they got spat on? That’s humiliating. I’m just really, really humiliated.”

Banks’ battery case was dropped in December 2016. The Los Angeles County District Attorney reportedly said that Crowe’s behaviour was “justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks,” and that his alleged spitting, in particular, was “incidental to preventing more serious threatened violence.”

The GoFundMe has a goal of $100,000 (£75,415). At the time of writing, $1,958 (£1,477) has been raised.