Azealia Banks has slammed Russell Crowe as a “misogynist pig” after the Hollywood actor, 52, allegedly called her a n****r and spat on her.
The 25-year-old rapper claims the alleged incident happened in Crowe’s hotel room in Beverly Hills at the weekend, during which she claims he “choked” her, called her the N-word and “spat” at her before throwing her out of the room, and she now insists she feels “mishandled” and “mistreated”.
Banks told The Sun newspaper: “I think he’s a racist, misogynist pig. This is a stain on me. My femininity feels stained. I feel stained as a woman, I feel mishandled, I feel mistreated, I feel dirty. I feel very f***ing low.”
Azealia, who is said to have made an official complaint to police, also claims the ‘Gladiator star was drinking a cocktail of alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana before the alleged outburst.
She added: “Russell had moonshine on the table, and then Russell calls for whisky, so then they just start mixing them up.
“Russell and I get next to each other. He’s talking to me, I’m talking to him, and we start flirting. We’re having a really good time. He’s got his knee on my knee, he’s touching my leg, I’m playing him my music, he tweets my song The Big Big Beat.
“He’s like, ‘I love this, you’re beautiful, this is great.’ ”
She then claims the mood changed after one of his female pals told her that Russell thought she is “hot” and the singer insisted she is “not here for that”, but he “switched” after she later mocked an aspiring horror filmmaker in the room.
Azealia added: “Russell just kind of switched. He was like, ‘Well you know what? You’re young and you’ve never done anything in your career so you don’t know what you’re talking about.'”
She claims he called her a “n****r” and “chokes me by the throat, picks me up, throws me out of the room and then spits on me”, the same allegations she tweeted about in a now-deleted post.
But the actor denies being racist, violent or any wrongdoing and insists Azealia turned violent, threatening to “stab” his guests.
A source close to the actor said: “Azealia’s behaviour that night was abrasive, shocking, rude, offensive, abusive and erratic.
“She used the N-word repeatedly and hurled that insult at others repeatedly. Russell never used that word.
“Azealia’s shocking and erratic behaviour culminated in her lunging toward Russell and one of his guests and threatening to slice their throats.”
Celebs in the hotel room included Prometheus director Sir Ridley Scott and Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, and the funnyman has defended the actor.
Jim recently tweeted: “I was there, she was out of control. Russell did absolutely nothing wrong. Azealia Banks is a complete liar. I was in the room. Russell Crowe is completely innocent. I would take a lie detector (sic).”