Azealia Banks has launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign in roder to sue Russell Crowe for an incident she maintains occurred between the two in 2016. According to Banks, the actor spat at her, choked her and called her the N word at a party Banks was attending with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.
"Russell Crowe spit on me at a party in 2016 and denied it, had a group of people gaslight me causing irreparable damage to my acting career and my reputation as well as loads of emotional damage," Banks wrote in the campaign's description. Banks goes on to state that whatever money she wins in the suit would be donated to ocean preservation charities. "This isn't about a big pay day for me, it's about letting the world know that black women are victims to the same sort of disgusting violence men in Hollywood deal out to women and it's important to send a message that black women also deserve justice and will get justice in these situations."
"If I were a white singer he wouldn't have even thought about laying a finger on me," Banks added. "So many things like this happen in the entertainment industry and it's time that ALL these perpetrators get reprimanded so they STOP this violent behavior!"
After Banks filed a police report in 2016, the L.A. County district attorney's office decided not to charge Crowe, saying his actions were "justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks."