Azealia Banks isn’t having much success getting the law to believe her side of the oddest celebrity feud of the year. That feud began in October, when Banks and Russell Crowe got into an altercation in a hotel room, during which the actor allegedly bear-hugged the rapper and removed her from his Beverly Hills Hotel suite. Banks filed a police report against Crowe, in which she insisted that he choked her, called her the N-word, and spit on her. According to TMZ, however, the L.A. County D.A.’s Office has decided not to charge Crowe, because his actions were “justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks.” Witnesses reported that Banks repeatedly used a racial epithet, was verbally aggressive, and as RZA, who invited Banks to the party, claimed, picked up a glass and threatened to use it to cut an attendee. The D.A. also determined that Crowe’s spitting was “incidental to preventing more serious threatened violence” (according to a TMZ witness, the spit did not hit Banks). Now, we wait for Azealia Banks’s inevitable response.
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