Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Russell Crowe Escapes Battery Charge over Azealia Banks Scuffle

Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe
Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe

*Los Angeles prosecutors say they will not charge Russell Crowe with battery over his encounter with rapper Azealia Banks in a Beverly Hills hotel room earlier this year.

A charge evaluation worksheet released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office states Crowe struggled with Banks and threw her out of his hotel room in October after she picked up a glass and threatened people with it.

They decided against filing a battery charge against the actor due to Banks’ actions and her lack of visible injuries.

Banks accused Crowe of grabbing her by the neck, calling her the n-word and spitting on her during an Oct. 15 party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She acknowledged insulting Crowe before he kicked her out of the room at 3 a.m., the worksheet states.

The filing states a prosecutor determined that a jury would likely “find the physical escort out of the room was justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks.”

The determination was made after authorities spoke to several witnesses who described Banks as either drunk or high on drugs, and acting aggressively before the confrontation.

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