In her own words. Azealia Banks tearfully shared her side of the Russell Crowe incident in a new interview on Thursday, October 27, calling the headline-making tussle “humiliating.”
During a sit-down interview with Access Hollywood, the 25-year-old rapper looked visibly upset as she recounted the argument that led up to her getting kicked out of Crowe’s Beverly Hilton hotel room suite on Saturday, October 15.
When asked by the interviewer what brought on the tears, Banks explained, “Because every time, every time something like this happens, I’m always being blamed for wanting this kind of attention. Like, who the f–k wants to tell somebody they got spat on? You know, that’s humiliating. And I’m just, like, really, really humiliated.”
On Saturday, October 15, Banks attended a dinner party at the 52-year-old Gladiator star’s suite as a guest of rapper-actor RZA. According to the “212” rapper, the night went sour after Crowe allegedly made disparaging comments about her and her music career.
“Russell Crowe’s just like, ‘Oh, you haven’t done anything with your career,’” she claimed to Access Hollywood. “And I’m just like, ‘Well, nobody’s checkin’ for you right now, so let’s just settle down.' And then when I said that, the whole table was like, ‘Oh my god, how dare you!’”
Banks previously claimed Crowe then called her the N-word, choked her, picked her up and physically removed her from the hotel suite.
A source close to Crowe told Us, “No one called her the N-word. She was yelling the N-word at everyone else. Russell behaved like a hero. He acted in defense of his guests and removed her from his suite by putting her in a bear hug and picking her up.”
Banks told Access Hollywood that the most disappointing part of the night, however, was that RZA didn’t stand up for her. (The Wu-Tang Clan leader shared his version of events to Facebook on Thursday, October 20, claiming that Banks was “insulting half the room” by the end of the night.)
“The frustrating point is that RZA, he immediately just kinda gives me the look, like, ‘Oh my god, you’re f–king up my seat at the table with the white guys. The big white Hollywood guys,’” Banks said.
In his Facebook post, which contradicts Banks' narrative, RZA alleged that “Azealia threatened to cut a girl in the face with a glass."
Earlier this month, Banks told Us that despite the backlash she’s received for the incident, she’s not going to let the negativity get her down. “I’ve got youth and beauty, and he’s got beer belly and jowls!” the New York City native told Us. “I got music. I got music, and I got youth.”
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