Over the weekend, rapper Azealia Banks shared with her social media followers that she was drugged and raped on Friday night. Her account of what happened was first posted as an Instagram story, but was later deleted. The Azealia Banks rape account was later downloaded and uploaded to YouTube by a fan.
In the video, Banks can be heard crying through a series of voice messages in which she claims a man pressured her into sex. “Lowkey just got raped. I feel like dirt,” she said tearfully.
“I just feel so dirty and stupid right now, you know? We were just hanging out and one thing led to another,” she said. “I just feel really dumb, because it was partially my fault. … I’m just, like, sitting here feeling fucking low and shit … I just want to fucking disappear right now.”
Banks continues: “You don’t really realize it like this rape shit. Men can just prey on you and fucking like badger you, force you to say yes… to the point where you feel like you gave consent but you didn’t give shit. You never wanted to do shit… someone really just got the fucking best of me.”
The conversation around consent is an important one. For the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Hornet has partnered with Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of sex education in the United States, to facilitate a larger conversation around consent. (Find our ongoing coverage of consent here.) The goal is to provide users with education and resources on how to communicate and practice consent in sexual situations.
“With #MeToo and #TimesUp, there’s more and more movement in this direction of really listening to survivors. By listening to survivors, folks are better understanding what the issues are around sexual violence, and the way one prevents sexual violence is by practicing consent,” says Julia Bennett, Director of Learning Strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“Consent is by definition genderless,” Bennett says. “It’s about making sure that whoever is involved and engaging in any sexual experience is on board with what’s going to happen and really interested in what’s happening, and making sure everyone’s sexually having a good time.”
— Alexander Kacala (@AlexanderKacala) April 16, 2018
Despite what happened, Banks still performed at Frankie Sharp’s new weekly party “Magic Sunday” last night at the Moxy Hotel in New York City. She took to the stage and performed six songs, including her 2011 hit “212” and the new song “Anna Wintour.” At one point during the night, she went to take a sip from her drink that had been sitting on the edge of the stage. She asked if anything had been put in it and then requested for a new drink to be made.
Banks has suffered a rocky two years. In early March 2017, an arrest warrant was issued in her boob-biting drama, when she attacked a female security guard outside a New York bar by punching her and biting her breast. She eventually struck a plea deal. Then City National Bank filed a lawsuit against her, claiming she owed the bank $137,000 in credit card debt.
But her money issues may be over. In January of this year, Banks shared news that she landed a lucrative recording contract with a record company. “I’m now officially signed to E1 Entertainment,” she wrote on Instagram, saying her deal is worth $1 million. “I have a home again. … I’m crying. The industry left me out on the street like a stray dog and now I have shelter again.”