Article Oct 19, 2016

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Azealia Banks claims Russell Crowe flirted with her before hotel incident

Rapper Azealia Banks has claimed Russell Crowe choked and spat at her after she turned down his advances.

The 212 hitmaker sensationally claimed on Facebook over the weekend (15-16Oct16) that she had been assaulted by the Australian actor and bombarded with racial slurs in his room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, while sources close to the Gladiator star claim he was the victim of her verbal abuse and threats so he carried her out of the suite and called security to remove her from the premises.

The recording artist filed a police report for battery on Sunday (16Oct16) and she promised the truth would come out on Wednesday (19Oct16), when her version of events were published in The Sun newspaper.

Azealia claims Russell was smoking marijuana and cigarettes and drinking moonshine, whisky and vodka and she adds, "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.'"

The 25-year-old claims one girl, who she suspected was Russell's girlfriend, told her the actor thought she was hot and Azealia rebuffed the idea, saying, "You know, I’m not here for that.”

They reportedly clashed after Azealia mocked an aspiring horror filmmaker and she yelled at a woman who stepped in to defend Russell, who allegedly took her out of the room and used the term "n**ger" repeatedly.

“He calls me a n**ger, 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," she adds. “You don’t just spit on somebody. And in front of everybody.”

Sources close to the Australian insisted on his innocence to, claiming she insulted others, launched into a N-word filled rant and threatened a guest by saying, “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino s**t," and then grabbing a glass before Russell hauled her out the room.

Russell, 52, retweeted the TMZ story and his comedian pal Jim Jefferies also shared the story on Twitter and wrote, "This is 100 percent the truth. I was there, she was out of control. Russell did absolutely nothing wrong."

Sergeant Todd Withers of the Beverly Hills Police told the newspaper the case will be assigned to a detective who will need to speak to both parties.

Azealia went to the hotel with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, who she recently signed a recording contract with. However, now report the deal is off because he didn't defend her over the argument.