The Los Angeles special prosecutor won’t charge Russell Crowe for allegedly choking Azealia Banks.
In an elegant and exquisite Beverly Hills hotel room, Russell Crowe hosted a party. The Oscar-winning actor invited several people, including RZA. RZA brought contentious Harlem rapper Azealia Banks.
According to Banks, without warning, Russell Crowe suddenly verbally abused her, calling her the N-word. He then assaulted her in front of eight to nine other guests. Finally, he threw Banks out of his hotel suite. In a deleted Facebook post, she wrote that the attack left her feeling like she “wanted to die” and accused the other men of “letting it happen.”
“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. I feel terrible today.”
In a Facebook post, RZA, who invited Banks, said she became verbally abusive. She didn’t like the music, so she decided to laugh at Crowe and an unnamed guest. He explained,
“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…I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg::::”
Los Angeles prosecutors agreed. Billboard reports that The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office released a charge evaluation worksheet. The filing shows that Crowe struggled with Banks. She picked up a glass and threatened people with it. Then, Crowe threw her out of his hotel room. Prosecutors rejected a battery charge against the actor. The Harlem rapper did not have any visible injuries as she claimed. She also acknowledged insulting Crowe right before he kicked her out.
The filing goes on to state that a jury would likely,
“find the physical escort out of the room was justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks.”
Authorities spoke to several witnesses. They described Banks as drunk, high on drugs, and acting aggressively before the confrontation.
Banks has not released a statement on Facebook. Twitter suspended her account earlier this year after she went on a hateful rant. Twitter also suspended an alternate Twitter handle.