It looks like Azealia Banks has been pretty busy on the internet recently, and for the first time in a long time, it’s not because she ran someone off Instagram. Unfortunately, her online activity is the result of a messy situation. Back in October 2016, Azealia attended a party with rapper RZA at Russell Crowe’s hotel suite in Beverly Hills. An allegedly drunk Azealia was thrown out after getting violent with other guests. Azealia’s side of the story was that Russell ejected her from the party by choking her, spitting on her, and calling her the n-word.
Russell was never charged, but Azealia isn’t done. She wants to sue Russell. The only problem is, she doesn’t have the money to spend on a lawsuit. General public and random internet strangers, this is where you come in.
Azealia launched a GoFundMe campaign on Sunday called “Sue Crowe for spitting on AB.” To me, that reads like someone’s attempt at getting Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye back on the air, as dictated through a malfunctioning Alexa. Anyway, Azealia explains that she wants to sue Russell to send a message, and that any money she wins will be donated to ocean charities. Fitting, considering everyone was reportedly drinking like fishes that night.
“Russell Crowe spit on me at a party in 2016 and denied it, had a group of people gaslight me causing irreparable damage to my acting career and my reputation as well as loads of emotional damage. Whatever money comes of this will be donated to ocean clean up charities.
This isn’t about a big pay day for me, it’s about letting the world know that black women are victims to the same sort of disgusting violence men in Hollywood deal out to women and it’s important to send a message that black women also deserve justice and will get justice in these situations. Crowe called me a nigger, choked me, and spat on me…if I were a white singer he wouldn’t have even thought about laying a finger on me. So many things like this happen in the entertainment industry and it’s time that ALL these perpetrators get reprimanded so they STOP this violent behavior!!”
Azealia has a goal of $100,000, and she’s already got $2,043.
After police investigated the incident, Russell Crowe was cleared of any wrongdoing after police determined his actions to be justified “to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks.” I hope if she makes her $100,000 goal, she gets a lawyer who is able to argue why she should win. I also hope she gets a lawyer who uses some of that $100,000 to install a tracking device somewhere on her body. Because we all know how much Azealia Banks likes to show up to court.