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Russell Crowe & Azealia Banks Reportedly Involved In Altercation
// Added Oct 17, 2016
Russell Crowe won’t be inviting Azealia Banks to hang out anytime soon. The actor reportedly kicked the 25-year-old rapper out of his hotel room on Saturday night after she made some gruesome threats toward Crowe and his guests, according to TMZ.
Though accounts of the evening’s events differ, TMZ reports that multiple sources confirm that Banks, 25, was in the 52-year-old actor’s hotel suite with approximately 10 other attendees as a guest of rapper-actor RZA, a pal of Crowe’s.
Things reportedly went awry when Banks scoffed at the Gladiator star’s music selection, calling him and at least one other guest “boring white men.” According to TMZ, a female guest then leaped to Crowe’s defense and told the rapper to “pipe down.”
In response, the “212” singer allegedly let loose a string of physical threats toward both Crowe and the woman. Witnesses tell the site that Banks even dropped a few N-bombs for good measure and, at one point, looked ready to hurl her glass at other guests. It was then that Crowe reportedly carried her out of the suite and called security to escort her from the hotel.
Banks, 25, provided few details, only saying on her Facebook page that she was traumatized by the alleged late-night insult.
“To recap my night, I went to a part(y) at Russell crowe’s suite, at which he called me a nigger, choked me, threw me out and spat at me,” she said. “Last night was one of the hardest nights of sleep I’ve had in a long time. The men in the room allowed it to happen.”
The post has been deleted. Another since-deleted post read: “I wish I had someone to beat him up for me.”
But a rep for Banks said the hip-hop star isn't backing down from her account.
"Azealia is tremendously distraught and disheartened. She is shell shocked and will speak out on the incident once she has had time to process the brutality and abuse she was unjustly subjected to," her spokesman Raymani Zaloumis-Steele said.