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Russell Crowe accused of choking Azealia Banks — witness statements say otherwise

Update, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. PST: Daily Mail reports that Azealia Banks’ story of her alleged altercation with Russell Crowe has been inconsistent, and that witnesses who saw everything go down didn’t back up Banks’ version of events.

There were 10 people present at the time this incident occurred. They have all provided statements. All of their statements are completely inconsistent with Ms. Banks,” a source told the site. “Per all of the witnesses, her erratic behavior and abusive language scared everyone there. Her bizarre antics culminated in her practically lunging across the table with a glass in her hand while threatening to slice the throats of at least two people. No one called her the “n” word. She was yelling the “n” word at everyone else.”

The source claimed that Crowe did not overreact when he kicked Banks out of the party, and that even RZA, the person who invited Banks, has told police she was out of control and needed to go.

Original story:

Of all the people we could picture Azealia Banks or Russell Crowe having beef with, we never in our wildest dreams expected there’d be an altercation between the two of them. But apparently there was, and it’s downright ugly.

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The incident happened on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Crowe’s suite in the Beverly Hills Hotel, and Banks took to Facebook on Sunday to address it — and make some very damning claims against Crowe.

According to E! News, Banks’ since-deleted Facebook post read: “To recap my night, I went to a [party] at Russell crowds [sic] suite, at which he called me a n*****, choked me, threw me out and spat at me. Last night was one of the hardest nights of sleep I’ve had in a long time.” She continued, “The men in the room allowed it to happen. I feel terrible today.”

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She later added that she had receipts, and to stay tuned.

But there are two very different sides to this story.

According to TMZ, Crowe invited around 10 friends over to his hotel room to have dinner and listen to music. Among the guests was rapper RZA, who reportedly brought Banks as his plus-one. However, according to eyewitnesses, Banks was incredibly rude, laughing out loud at Crowe’s music selection and referring to him and at least one other guest as “boring white men.”

Apparently, a female guest got involved, telling Banks to “pipe down.” However, she reportedly did the complete opposite. Instead she is believed to have told them, “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino shit.”

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Banks reportedly also went on to use the N-word several times, however, Crowe remained unprovoked. That was, until Banks reached for her glass and cocked it back, resulting in him grabbing her in a bear hug and carrying her out of the hotel room, where security guards removed her from the grounds.

While there are obviously two very different versions to this story, TMZ claims that four witnesses have given a statement to the police, calling Banks “erratic.” The publication also claims to have been told that RZA says it was Banks who used the racial slur, and not Crowe — although neither RZA nor Crowe appear to have addressed the incident publicly.

We doubt this is the last we’re going to hear about this ugly altercation.

Are you surprised by the incident that occurred between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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