RZA on Azealia Banks & Russell Crowe Controversy: 'I Saw Her Behave as an Obnoxious Erratic Individual'
Days after Azealia Banks accused actor Russell Crowe of spitting on her, calling her the N-word and kicking her out of his Los Angeles party, Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, who invited Banks to the get-together and was initially said to have signed the Harlem rapper, responded to the controversy in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday (Oct. 20).
"Normally I don't respond to negative social media attacks toward me. Yet in this case of Azealia Banks I'm compelled to respond. Firstly I only wish the best for her and any struggling artist in this complex industry," he types. "Azealia was brought to my attention while I was casting my next Film Coco. I heard the rumors of her problems in the industry but disregarded them with the rationality everyone is innocent until proven guilty."
The producer/rapper/musician goes in detail about how a deal with Banks was not signed, despite her social media announcement last week, and shares his version of events of the party, which took place at the BHH Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, California.
"Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room, she becomes loud and obnoxious. There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest," he continued. "Still verbal abuse can be tolerated but when it goes physical... Azealia threaten to cut a girl in the face with a glass, then actually grabs a glass and physically attacks for no logical reason. Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite."
RZA added, "Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented. I was totally puzzles by her and thought maybe meds or booze or something had her zoned out."
Noting that the situation was not a "race or gender issue," RZA also explains how he did not hear Crowe call Banks the N-word. "I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber," he wraps. "My art, talent and success speaks for it self and Azealia's recent slander of me and self victimization reflect's the personality of the person that was in that room that night."
Read the full note below:
A rep for Banks did not immediately respond to Billboard's request for comment.