Police Report Filed in Azealia Banks Assault Claim as Russell Crowe Sources Say Rapper Threatened Him
Azealia Banks has accused Russell Crowe of assaulting her after he reportedly kicked her out of his hotel room during an intimate dinner party on Saturday night — but sources close to him maintain she threatened Crowe and had to be escorted out.
According to TMZ, Crowe, 52, invited about 10 guests over to his suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel over the weekend for a laid-back evening of dinner and music. Among those guests was rapper RZA, who brought Banks as his plus-one.
The night reportedly took a turn when Banks, 25, supposedly began laughing at Crowe’s music choice and mocked him and at least one other guest, allegedly calling them “boring white men.”
TMZ reports that when one female guest tried to step in, the rapper allegedly began threatening Crowe and his guests, and eyewitnesses told the site the rapper purportedly said, “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you in the throat.” They also described her behavior as “erratic.”
According to TMZ, “The Big Beat” rapper then reached for a glass and cocked it back, prompting Crowe to grab her in a “bear hug” and escort her out of the room. He reportedly then called hotel security, who removed Banks from the hotel.
“We can confirm that a report has been taken involving those two parties,” Sergeant Demarois of the Beverly Hills Police Department told PEOPLE Tuesday. “We can’t confirm what kind of report, and the investigation is being handled by our detective bureau.”
“Azealia is not the aggressor in this situation. All of that is fictitious,” Banks’ manager Raýmani Zaloumis-Steele told PEOPLE exclusively Monday. “We will tell our side, which is the truth. We have all our bases covered.” A rep for Crowe has not commented.
The rapper’s version of events is drastically different than what eyewitnesses told TMZ. Banks is accusing Crowe of assaulting her, spitting on her and hurling a racial slur. Banks wrote a detailed account of her experience on Facebook.
“Last night was one of the hardest nights of sleep I’ve had in a long time,” she wrote in a post that has since been deleted. “The men in the room allowed it to happen. I feel terrible today.”
In one post that still remains on her social media account, she wrote, “I have receipts. Stay tuned.”
Banks’ manager also tweeted out a statement reading, “Azealia is tremendously distraught and disheartened. She is shell shocked and will speak out on the incident once she has had time to process the brutality and abuse she was unjustly subjected to.”
- With reporting by SARAH MICHAUD and NICOLE SANDS