RZA Admits Russell Crowe Spat at Azealia Banks During 2016 Confrontation
During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, RZA admitted that Russell Crowe spat at Azealia Banks during a party in Crowe's hotel suite in October 2016. Banks said at the time that Crowe "called me a nigger, choked me, threw me out, and spat at me" during the party, while Crowe claimed he removed her from the premises after she threatened to cut the throats of other partygoers.
"He spit at her. I saw that," RZA tells Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne The God (watch the exchange here at 30:05). Off-mic, RZA seems to qualify that Crowe spat on the ground near Banks, and not directly at her body. RZA then says that Crowe apologized to him, though it's unclear if Banks received one.
RZA's new comments represent a significant shift from his initial public statement after Banks filed a police report against Crowe in October 2016. RZA condemned Banks in a a forceful and widely-publicized denial of her version of events, and claimed she was acting like an "obnoxious erratic individual."
Banks's case was dropped by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office in December 2016. According to TMZ, several witnesses confirmed Crowe's version of events.
As The Root points out, Banks responded to RZA's new comments on social media. "Nobody understands how badly I wanted to die the moment rza LIED and told the world I deserved to be spat [at]," she wrote in one post. "People laughed at me and said I lied." Her posts conclude with "@RZA I HOPE YOU DROP DEAD."