According to Azealia, known nowadays for her Twitter- trolling more than for her music, she was flirting with the actor before he turned on her when she started mocking another guest during the party.
‘This is a stain on me. My femininity feels stained. I feel stained as a woman, I feel mishandled, I feel mistreated, I feel dirty. I feel very f*cking low,’ she said.
Banks wrote in a now deleted Facebook post that Crowe had ‘called me a n****r, choked me, threw me out and spat at me’.
According to Russell’s camp, Banks was the racist one, using the N- word severally and threatening to slit the throat to stab him and a guest on the throat and watch him bleed but Azealia speaking to Sun UK denied reports that she started the brawl:
‘Russell had moonshine on the table, and then Russell calls for whisky, so then they just start mixing them up. You know, moonshine, whisky, vodka, and smoking cigarettes and smoking weed.
‘Russell and I get next to each other. He’s talking to me, I’m talking to him, and we start flirting. We’re having a really good time. He’s got his knee on my knee, he’s touching my leg, I’m playing him my music, he tweets my song The Big Big Beat, He’s like, ‘I love this, you’re beautiful, this is great.’
As the party continued, a girl approached who Azealia guessed ‘was his girlfriend’.
‘She gets next to me and I guess this is just her chance to try and size me up and see what I’m about. And she’s in my ear and she’s like, “Yeah, Russell thinks you’re so hot”. And I was like, “Oh, really? Well that’s on you girl.” You know, I’m not here for that.’
According to Azealia, the mood of Russell changed after she mocked another guest, an aspiring horror film maker.
‘Russell just kind of switched. He was like, “Well you know what? You’re young and you’ve never done anything in your career so you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
I’m a little offended but I was still keeping it light. I was like, “Your best days are behind you.”
Rapper Azealia claims another woman then stepped in to defend Russell Crowe. She continued:
‘I said, “Girl, this is not the right time or place for us to be fighting, like what would happen if I got up and I slapped the sh*t out of you, or I took a glass and f*cking threw it at you and you were bleeding all over the place? I would be wrong and we’d all be wrong, and the party would be done.”
‘Then Russell turns to me and he goes, “Well, you wouldn’t even get close enough to get the chance, n****r. And he says the word n****r so, like, quietly, under his breath. ‘
He calls me a n*****, and then grabs me, picks me up, he chokes me by the throat, picks me up, throws me out of the room and then spits on me. You don’t just spit on somebody. And in front of everybody,’ she said.