A Google search for “Azealia Banks” is likely to bring up more hits relating to the rapper’s feisty feuds with a hefty list of celebrities (including Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Rita Ora, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, T.I. and many more) than for her music.
Her most high-profile feud, however, saw her clashing with Russell Crowe after a 2016 incident in which she was invited as rapper RZA’s guest to a party in the actor’s hotel suite.
According to initial accounts, Banks’ erratic and threatening behaviour led Crowe to physically eject her from the room and call hotel security.
While Banks later accused Crowe of calling her a racial slur and spat at her, even filing a battery report against him (which was dismissed), numerous eyewitnesses on the scene dispute her account. Comedian Jim Jeffries, in fact, was at the party and tweeted that “Azealia Banks is a complete liar. I was in the room. Russell Crowe is completely innocent. I would take a lie detector.”
Even RZA, who brought her to the party, later described her as “an obnoxious erratic individual.”
However, RZA has since changed his tune, admitting in a recent interview with “The Breakfast Club” that Crowe did indeed spit at Banks (although he doesn’t recant his other comments about what took place).
With this new revelation and the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the news, Banks is now revisiting the incident on social media and casting it in a new light by accusing Crowe of “discrimination against women and an assault that was life-changing.”
As Banks tells it, “I worked my ass off for years to try to build my brand. I finally make it to Hollywood to star in a film and get spit on and completely disrespected at a party, by a legendary actor more than twice my age was a nightmare.”
She then blasts RZA for not having her back. “I would think that one of my mentors and friends RZA would have taken my back immediately and called it out for what it was, and not waited a year for the world to recently cave-in and realize how awful women can be treated in Hollywood.”
She adds: “I’m still disgusted that this happened to me, but feel somewhat vindicated.”