Rapper Azealia Banks has sought public apology from actor Russell Crowe over the altercation involving the two in the actor’s hotel suite in Beverly Hills over the weekend. In the incident, she claimed in a since-deleted Facebook post, “he choked, threw me out and spat at me.”
In a new interview with E! News, Banks demanded apology from the actor and recalled the entire ordeal from the events leading up to it to how it was reported in the media.
The rapper said she was at the hotel with rapper and film director RZA for a business meeting, and they ended up at a dinner party with Crowe and a group of people whom Banks referred to in the interview as “old Hollywood dudes.”
Banks said some in the group were hurt when she joked with them about making horror films and then made fun of their work. At this point, she said, Crowe turned his attention to her, saying, “Hey, you haven’t done anything in your career, so you have no right to tell him about horror.”
A woman then got “aggressive” with Banks and threatened her, the rapper said. She claimed that she warned the woman that if something untoward would happen, the consequences would not be good for them all.
“This is not how this is going to go," she explained. "I said, 'If I throw something at you and you get hurt, then the party is going to be done. Then we're all going to look bad and it's going to be a terrible night.'"
The rapper said Crowe then went near hear and whispered in her, “Even if you tried, you wouldn't even get close enough, you n----r.”
“Next thing you know, I'm getting choked up, I'm getting dragged out of this room and spat on. I felt betrayed, I felt humiliated, I felt low. It almost felt like a setup,” she said.
Banks said no one in the room defended her but she was willing to give RZA the benefit of the doubt.
The rapper also slammed Crowe for supposedly contacting TMZ to narrate the incident.
“I would like him to apologize to me publicly now because [he] went to TMZ, [like an] idiot,” she claimed.
TMZ, however, did not cite Crowe in its story and only quoted eyewitnesses.
Banks also said in the interview that such incidents routinely happen to women in Hollywood and that she was not willing to be victimized further.
“I'm pretty sure this happens to women in Hollywood so often, where you get chastised into a corner," she said. “Even his attorney called me and said something like, 'If you say something about this, then you'll never work in this town again.” I'm pressing [charges] now.”
Banks continued, "He doesn't get it. He thinks I'm just some little black girl from Harlem that doesn't have any backing. They think they can just frame me."
Crowe, meanwhile, has not spoken publicly about the incident.