Azealia Banks' Twitter Account Suspended After Racist Zayn Rant

Azealia Banks performs at Reading Festival
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Azealia Banks performs at Reading Festival in Britain.

On Thursday (May 12), Azealia Banks' Twitter account was suspended in the wake of Banks' recent racist rant against Zayn Malik and an attack on 14-year-old Disney star Skai Jackson. 

Though a spokesperson for Twitter told Billboard "we do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons," attempts to load Banks' Twitter page led to a notice that the account had been suspended. The suspension came after she engaged in an hours-long screed against Malik, accusing him of boosting her look in his "Like I Would" video, then escalating her venom to include hateful language and a racist slur that got her kicked off the roster of an upcoming British music festival. 

Azealia Banks Goes on Racist Rant Against Zayn, Gets Booted From U.K. Festival

Banks also swept in on Disney's Jessie star Jackson, whom she counseled to "grow some hips an start ur menses." In a string of since-deleted tweets from Wednesday night, Banks, 24, attempted to make amends for her comments, saying she thought it was the child star's mother who was tweeting at her and offering "big apologies to anyone who was offended by any of the things I said. Not sorry I said it. But sorry for the way I made people feel." 

In keeping with her pugnacious persona, though, she apologized to "everyone except the targets of my tirades," per the Independent. "Not using my blackness or my NYC persona to excuse anything. I am Azealia Banks and I am who I am."

She may also reportedly face further sanction in England, where the Home Office declined to speak specifically to Banks, but issued a statement to NME that read, "Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds."