Azealia Banks is a pretty divisive figure. Drama definitely follows her wherever she goes, especially online. But also in the real world! Banks allegedly got into an altercation with Russell Crowe, when her business associate RZA brought her to a hotel room where Crowe was having a hangout sesh. Supposedly she grabbed a glass, threatened to cut someone with it, and Crowe physically threw her out of the room after spitting on her. Banks claims he also called her the N-word.
RZA posted a long Facebook message about the situation, apparently feeling inundated with comments and questions.
He writes in part:
“Normally I don't respond to negative social media attacks towards me. Yet in this case of Azealia Banks I'm compelled to respond. Firstly I only wish the best for her and any struggling artist in this complex industry...I invited her to meet me at the BHH Polo Lounge. Yet I had also planned on spending some time with my Buddy RC in his suite so I ask him [if] can she join. He says "cool Bobby" so I invited her.
“Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room she becomes loud and obnoxious. There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest. Still verbal abuse can be tolerated but when it goes physical... Azealia threaten to cut a girl in the face with a glass, then actually grabs a glass and physically attacks for no logical reason. Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite. Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented. I was totally puzzles by her and thought maybe meds or booze or something had her zoned out. Nevertheless I made sure she got home safe. THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE. I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg::::.” (everything sic).
Azealia has responded (of course) writing on Facebook, “RZA has clearly been given no legal advice and went to straight to TMz out of his feelings to try and gaslight me. Whatever pieces are left of his brain after years and years of smoking dust stupidly allowed him to ramble himself into incriminating his friend, and completely debunking their entire made up theory. You mean to tell me, that a 300lb man needed to use ALL OF THAT FORCE, to remove an "erratic" guest from a party ?” (sic)
She also points out that she was there from around 10pm until 3am, and that at some point Russell Crowe retweeted a song of hers, so she argues that she wasn’t acting crazy or anything from the beginning.
I know a lot of people dislike Banks, but I don’t find it that hard to imagine that both gender and race are a factor in how she was treated. TMZ is also reporting that Crowe did spit on her, which is definitely not necessary when you are ejecting someone from a room. That’s just contemptuous and rude! No one in this situation is looking good.