For the first time in recent memory, Azealia Banks is making headlines for non-monstrous activity. Quite the opposite, really, as it seems some of us — and most definitely Aussie actor Russell Crowe — owe her an apology. The Russell Crowe Azealia Banks incident occurred last October, but new info has recently come to light.
TMZ reported the actor kicked Banks out of his Beverly Hills Hotel suite after she threatened violence against his guests. The party was reportedly a dinner-and-music-listening party, and Banks was the plus-one of Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA.
Initial reporting of the story claimed Banks laughed at Crowe’s music selection (maybe it was a song of his own band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts?) and called him and another guest “boring white men.”
The spat got intense when Banks said something akin to “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.” That reportedly prompted Crowe to grab Banks in a bear hug and carry her out of the suite, later calling security to remove her, but not before — according to Banks — he called her the n-word, choked her and spit on her.
Crowe’s version of the story was markedly differently, claiming she used the n-word, not him, and that he never spit on her.
Following the incident, Banks said to Us, “[Crowe] feels that he did nothing wrong, so I’m just like, OK, if you want to pay a bunch of litigators and a bunch of people to apologize to me, then I guess that’s what you want to do. You could apologize to me for free now, and make this all go away.”
Even RZA, who brought Banks to the party in question, defended Crowe’s version of the story — until today.
This morning, RZA appeared on The Breakfast Club alongside host Charlamagne tha God, who asked RZA, “Did Russell put hands on her, or spit on her, like she said?”
“Look, he spit at her. I saw that. [He pretends to spit on the ground] Like, that’s what you are,” RZA responded.
“Did you check him at that point? That’s a white dude spitting on a black woman,” Charlamagne then asked.
RZA claims that Crowe apologized to him after the spitting (notably not her, though) and claims the entire incident was “super crazy” and “awkward.”
RZA responds that there wasn’t much spit and it didn’t actually land on her, and says that Crowe apologized to him (no word on an apology to Banks though).
Watch the conversation about the Russell Crowe Azealia Banks incident here:
Banks has already responded to the interview through Instagram:
RZA has to stop talking about me in the media. Until he is ready to apologize to me publicly, he can go back to sucking Russell Crowe’s dick for invites to Hollywood parties.
Nobody understands how badly I wanted to die the moment RZA lied and told the world I deserved to be spat [at]. People laughed at me and said I lied. No one understands the amount of pain that came with an after that incident.
Just fucking respect me and stop saying my name.
@RZA I hope you drop dead.
The Instagram post appears to have now been deleted.