RZA Backs Russell Crowe in Azealia Banks Hotel Scuffle, Says Actor Did Not Hurl Racial Slurs | NBC4 Washington

RZA Backs Russell Crowe in Azealia Banks Hotel Scuffle, Says Actor Did Not Hurl Racial Slurs

The rapper/actor backed Crowe saying Banks was verbally abusive and attempted to assault another guest

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    A file photo of RZA, Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe.

    Rapper/actor RZA finally spoke out Thursday in the ongoing dispute between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe.

    On Monday, Banks charged Crowe had physically assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her during a weekend dinner party in Beverly Hills. Banks was a guest of RZA at the party and until now had been silent about what transpired.

    "I invited her to meet me at the BHH Polo Lounge. Yet I had also planned on spending some time with my Buddy RC in his suite, so I asked him if she could join. He says "cool Bobby" so I invited her," RZA wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. "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."

    RZA wrote the verbal abuse escalated when Banks allegedly threatened to cut a girl in the face with a glass before grabbing and attacking another guest.  

    "Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite," RZA wrote. "Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented....THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE. I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg:::: I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber."

    Prior to RZA's statement Banks was insistent on her version of events and told E! News she was demanding a public apology from Crowe.

    Calls to Crowe's representatives were not returned. 

    NBC has also reached out to a representative for Banks.