According to TMZ, Azealia Banks filed a police report with Beverly Hills PD Sunday afternoon, after she says Russell Crowe refused to apologize for a fight they got into on Saturday night.
The incident, in which she says the actor choked her and called her the N-word, took place at Russell’s room at a Beverly Hills Hotel – where he’d invited about 10 people to stop by for dinner and listen to music. RZA was one of the guests on the list, and he brought along Azealia as his plus one.
According to eyewitness accounts the trouble started when Azealia laughed out loud at Russell’s music selection, and then called him and at least one other guest, “boring white men.” We’re told a female guest jumped to Russell’s defense and suggested Banks pipe down.
Instead, we’re told she made an insane speech/threat to Crowe and the woman …”You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino s***.” Then for good measure, witnesses say she dropped a few n-bombs … yet Crowe remained surprisingly calm.
We’re told Azealia reached for her glass, cocked it back … and that’s when Russell had enough — he grabbed her in a bear hug and carried her out of the suite. He then called hotel security guards who removed Azealia from the grounds. Azealia posted a different version of events, claiming Crowe called her the n-word, choked her, threw her out and spit on her.
We’re told at least 4 of the guests/witnesses gave statements during the investigation, and all 4 used the word “erratic” to describe Azealia’s behavior. For the record, we’re told … even RZA says she used the n-word, not Russell.
A statement released via Azealia’s publicist, Raýmani, says that the rapper “is tremendously distraught and disheartened” – and adds that she will speak out about the incident, “once she has had time to process the brutality and abuse she was unjustly subjected to.”