While promoting the new Wu-Tang album this week on the Breakfast Club, RZA addressed Azealia Banks highly publicized altercation with Russell Crowe last year. And Azealia wasn’t happy to hear that her former mentor was still speaking on the incident.
After the interview hit the internet, the always controversial Azaelia Banks went on Snapchat to share her honest thoughts on the hip hop legend.
“RZA has to stop talking about me in the media. Until he is ready to apologize publicly he can go back to sucking Russell Crowes dick for invites to Hollywood parties,” she wrote. “Nobody understands how badly I wanted to die the moment rza LIED and told the world I deserved to be spat. People laugh at me and said I lied. No one understands the amount of pain that came with and after that incident. Just fucking respect me and stop saying me [sic] name. @RZA I HOPE YOU DROP DEAD.”
RZA, who invited Azealia to Crowe’s hotel party last year, doubled down on his claims that he saw the actor “spit at” Banks; however, he refused to speak on Azealia’s assault allegations against Crowe.
RZA did go on to admit Banks claims were true but still back tracked a little: “Russell [did] spit at her. The spit didn’t hit her,” he told TMZ. “[…] I wouldn’t say Russell got angry, to be honest. She was calling Russell all kinds of names […] She attacked, like physically. Verbal abuse is one thing; she physically attacked. He deflected it.”
With all the news coming out about how men with power in Hollywood are treating women i honestly don’t know how to feel about this. RZA is someone I look up to and I veiw as a honorable man so i am hoping he’s not just trying to protect his friend Russell Crowe, because spitting on or in someone’s direction is one the most disrespectful things you can do. I’m sure Azealia Banks said some wild things to set Crowe off, but Crowe has to show could’ve shown more restaint.
Banks insists she was verbally and physically assaulted by Crowe, choked and called the N-word as he kicked her out of his party. A Los Angeles D.A. refused to press charges against Crowe, insisting his actions were justified based on eyewitness reports that identified Banks as the instigator. So it was considered a case of he say, she say. I hope RZA and Banks can mend things.