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The District Attorney decided not to prosecute Crowe due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Paula Rogo
Dec, 08, 2016

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not be charging Russell Crowe after Azealia Banks claimed he assaulted her during a dinner party he hosted in October.

Banks was a guest at the private gathering in the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to accounts. She was veteran Wu-Tang rapper RZA’s plus one. But things went left, Banks claims, when she was “spat on, choked, thrown out of a room, and called a ‘n—–’ ” by Crowe.

Banks filed a police report with Beverly Hills Police Department, though the D.A. decided not to prosecute Crowe due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

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In court documents, guests cited Banks as the aggressor, not Crowe. 

“Witnesses state that prior to being ejected from the hotel room by Crowe, Banks repeatedly used a racial epithet, was verbally aggressive to party attendees and threatened to break a glass to cut the throat of a female guest and/or Crowe,” the documents read.

“Guests report after this threat was made, they saw Crowe struggle with Banks to prevent Banks from using the glass she picked up, seemingly to carry out her threat,” the documents continue. 

RZA, himself, sided with Crowe’s version of events, calling her “loud and obnoxious.” Banks has since bailed on the record deal she had signed with RZA’s record label.

The incident seems to have changed her mindset about being a Twitter firecracker. In October, she wrote a letter of apology to one of her previous Twitter foes: former One Direction band member, Zayn Malik.