Azealia Banks, Russell Crowe Battery Case Dropped By D.A.

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Russell Crowe Azealia Banks case

By Michael Lewittes

Russell Crowe Azealia Banks case

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Azealia Banks’s alleged battery case against Russell Crowe is being dropped by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Gossip Cop has learned. We’re told by a spokesman for the D.A.’s office that the case was “declined due to a lack of sufficient evidence.” As we previously reported, there was an altercation between Banks and Crowe in his suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 15, resulting in the actor grabbing the singer and throwing her out of his room.

At Gossp Cop noted at the time, Banks alleged Crowe called her the N-word, choked her and spat on her during a fight inside his hotel room, where he held a dinner party for about a dozen people, including rapper RZA, who brought the singer as his guest. At one point, Banks insulted Crowe and some of his guests as “boring white men,” before she allegedly threatened to stab a female guest with a glass. Despite Banks claiming Crowe hurled the racial slur, witnesses contend it was actually the singer who was repeatedly using the N-word. As she reached for a glass to purportedly stab another guest, Crowe grabbed hold of Banks and tossed her out of his hotel room. He then called the hotel’s security, who threw her off its premises. The following day Banks filed a battery report with the police against Crowe.

But after talking to witnesses over the past two months, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has declined to move forward with the case and noted Crowe was well within the bounds when he grabbed Banks. As for Crowe spitting on Banks, it never landed on the singer, as RanksZA attested. Mostly, the D.A.’s office felt Crowe actions were justifiable because they prevented people getting hurt by Banks’s wine glass.

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