Rapper Azealia Banks is no longer planning to press charges against actor Russell Crowe over their alleged hotel bust-up.
The 212 star sensationally claimed the Australian choked her, spat at her and hurled racial insults following a dispute in his suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel over the weekend (15-16Oct16) - allegations which sources close to the actor have denied.
Azealia filed a police report for battery on Sunday (16Oct16) but she has now revealed she is no longer planning to press charges against the Gladiator star because she wants the drama to be over so she can focus on her music.
“Realistically, to be honest, I really don’t want to. Because I just don’t want this in the media," she told Us Weekly. "I want my music out. I just want to f**king put my music out... I just want my music to shine. I don’t want to be dealing with another episode, another thing, another whatever.”
Despite this comment, Azealia is still determined to get an apology from Russell, after making repeated calls on social media and in the press for him to say sorry after the incident.
“(Russell) feels that he did nothing wrong, so I’m just like, 'OK, if you want to pay a bunch of litigators and a bunch of people to apologize to me, then I guess that’s what you want to do,'” she adds. “You could apologize to me for free now and make this all go away.”
During the interview, Azealia, who has become more famous for her celebrity feuds and controversial remarks than her vocal talents, said she knows her reputation is "already f**ked" but she doesn't have the energy or time to fight those who don't believe her.
It was reported the rapper cut ties with Wu-Tang Clan star RZA, who she had just signed a recording contract with, for not backing her over the scandal but RZA wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that the deal was never finalized. He also laid the blame on Azealia, who he claimed was acting like an "obnoxious erratic individual" who physically attacked someone for "no logical reason" at the hotel.