Last week, a bench warrant was issued for Azealia Banks after she skipped out on a court appearance. Azealia was MIA for a hearing regarding her 2015 boob-biting incident because she was in Paris for Fashion Week. Part of me expected Azealia to cook up some kind of scheme to avoid an arrest, like faking her own death to throw off the police and laying low in an small French village under the assumed name Azealia de la Baguette. To my surprise, Azealia returned to New York and made good on her lawyer’s promise to take care of her latest legal mess.
Azealia showed up in court last week after a judge withdrew her bench warrant and apologized for being “tardy” to her original court appointment. She returned to court three days later (as seen above) to work out some more specifics. Prosecutors presented some evidence that Azealia has a history being violent, like a fucked-up incident in 2009 where she slashed her own sister in the neck, arm, and hand with a box cutter. It didn’t look good for Azealia. But according to Page Six, Azealia narrowly avoided going to trial by taking a plea deal this morning in Manhattan. Azealia plead guilty to third-degree assault in exchange for a deferred no-jail sentence. When asked if she intentionally tried to cause harm to a female security guard by chomping on the guard’s titty, Azealia answered yes.
Part of Azealia’s plea deal requires that she complete an anger management program and continue mental health treatment, abide by a restraining order, and not have any run-ins with the law. If she follows all that, the assault conviction will be bumped down to a disorderly conduction violation. However, if she messes up, she could face a year in jail.
All those plea deal conditions sound totally do-able for the average perp. The only problem is, this is Azealia Banks we’re talking about. There’s a better chance of Azealia releasing new music than staying out of trouble.