Russell Crowe Won’t Be Charged
Russell Crowe (52) is off the hook. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not be prosecuting the actor, after rapper Azealia Banks (25) claimed he assaulted her in October at his dinner party.
As previously reported, Banks joined his private gathering in the Beverly Hills Hotel on Oct. 15. She was brought to the party as RZA’’s plus-one. She alleged that Crowe ‘spat, choked’ and threw her out of his hotel suite, and called her a ‘n*gg*r’.[Click here for the backstory].
This week, the D.A. declined to prosecute Crowe, with a spokesperson stating,
The D.A.’s office declined to file charges due to lack of sufficient evidence.
They rejected filing a battery charge against the actor due to Banks’ actions and her lack of visible injuries. 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.