Azealia Banks' Battery Case Against Russell Crowe Dropped
Published Dec 07, 2016The worlds of Russell Crowe and Azealia Banks collided in wild fashion back in October when the rapper alleged that Crowe forcibly removed her from a hotel party following erratic behaviour. Now, the battery report that Banks had filed against Crowe has been thrown out of court.
TMZ reports that the Los Angeles County District Attorney says Crowe's actions were "justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks." Banks claimed that Crowe "called me a ni***r, choked me, threw me out and spat at me" in a since-deleted Facebook post after the incident.
Other event attendees, including Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, maintained it was Banks (not Crowe) using the N-word during the incident. As for the spitting, the D.A. ruled it "incidental to preventing more serious threatened violence," though TMZ also cites witnesses saying the spit never hit Banks.
Witnesses also backed up the claim that Banks threatened to use a wine glass to cut the throat of a guest, saying reportedly saying "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."
As previously reported, RZA explained his side of the story in a Facebook post of his own, saying that "I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual." This lead to Banks severing professional ties with the rapper.
Banks also shared her thoughts on the incident on Access Hollywood back in October, telling the host: "I'm just really, really humiliated."