In 2016, Azealia Banks alleged that while attending one of his parties, actor Russell Crowe physically threw her out of the spot.
After the incident, Banks got on Facebook to say that not only did Crowe throw her out, he called her a n*gger, choked and spat on her in the process.
Crowe never denied the accusations and instead refused to apologize. As a result, Banks filed a police report. But prosecutors determined that Crowe’s actions were justified considering “the imminent violence threatened by Banks.”
Still seeking justice, Banks is in the process of filing a civil lawsuit against the actor. And in and attempt to raise the money to do so, she’s launched a GoFundMe page with a goal of $100,000.
In the description page for the fundraiser, Banks writes:
“Russell Crowe spit on me at a party in 2016 and denied it, had a group of people gaslight me causing irreparable damage to my acting career and my reputation as well as loads of emotional damage. Whatever money comes of this will be donated to ocean clean up charities. This isn’t about a big pay day for me, it’s about letting the world know that black women are victims to the same sort of disgusting violence men in Hollywood deal out to women and it’s important to send a message that black women also deserve justice and will get justice in these situations. Crowe called me a nigger, choked me, and spat on me… if I were a white singer he wouldn’t have even thought about laying a finger on me. So many things like this happen in the entertainment industry and it’s time that ALL these perpetrators get reprimanded so they STOP this violent behavior !!”
At the time of publication, with two days of fundraising, Banks has collected $1,853 toward her $100,000 goal.
As problematic as Azealia Banks has been in the past, I think this fundraiser is a worthy effort. After all, fellow rapper RZA, who invited Banks to the party, confirmed that Crowe did spit on her– as he, a Black man, watched in silence.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Banks was likely in that party, acting an entire fool and likely needed to be put out. But there’s a difference in removing someone from your event and allegedly using racial slurs and spitting on them in the process.
Best of luck to her.
If you’re interested in donating, you can do so here.