American rapper Azealia Banks has recently been involved in an alleged assault incident in a nightclub in Los Angeles.
Banks reportedly assaulted the security guard of Break Room 86 last month after she was escorted out of the establishment due to “unruly behavior” inside the club premises.
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) November 11, 2015
In the report, the female rapper and her entourage allegedly assaulted the guard after he stopped her from triggering the fire alarm while being escorted out of the nightspot.
Security claims in their statement that she tried to pull the fire alarm, which would result in a very dangerous situation for the club, and a stampede could definitely ensue. As a result, the Los Angeles Police Department has launched a criminal battery probe on Banks regarding the incident, which was caught on the nightclub’s surveillance cameras.
In the video, a security guard was seen taking Banks away when a group surrounded and assaulted him. She threw some punches at the guard before a second guard appeared in the video and tried to pacify her and control the situation.
Azealia Banks Pounds On Nightclub Security Guard
This is only the latest of a long string of controversies that Azealia Banks has gotten herself into. In September, she got involved in an argument with a fellow passenger on a Delta Airlines plane that just landed in Los Angeles. Banks was allegedly trying to squeeze herself in line to embark the plane when another passenger blocked her path. She then punched the passenger and “clawed” at his shirt.
While police did not arrest her, Delta Airlines has launched an investigation of their own. Incidentally, the criminal probe arrived just a day after the 24-year-old rapper announced that she is canceling her tour dates in November, except for a November 19 gig at Terminal 5 in Manhattan. On her Twitter account, she simply explains that she is busy with work, and would be back in January. However, she did mention that fans who have already purchased tickets would be refunded.
Hi guys, I’m very busy at work. Your coins will be refunded and I will be back in January. NYC, I’ll see u on the 19th. XO – AB
— azealiabanks (@AZEALIABANKS) November 9, 2015
The artist’s tour was supposed to kick off at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on November 18, before heading to Dallas’ House of Blues on November 28.
This is the second time Banks has canceled a scheduled tour in less than six months. In June, she also canceled her Glastonbury Festival because she apparently needed to rest her voice.
Through her years in the industry, Azealia Banks has been “better known for her feuds than for her music.”
Some of the personalities and celebrities with whom she clashed in the past include Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, ASAP Rocky, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Iggy Azalea, Action Bronson, T.I., and even The Voice judge Pharrell Williams.
Azealia Banks Goes Off On Iggy Azalea, Et Al.
The New York-raised singer admitted that she had a rough time growing up, and her mother abused them physically after her father died.
“After my dad died, my mom became really abusive – physically and verbally,” she said. “Like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly.”
She also remembered an instance in which their mom threw out all the food in their refrigerator just so they wouldn’t have anything to eat.
However, the singer-songwriter initially expressed her interest in pursuing musical theater while she was studying at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she dropped out and instead focused on her music career.
Banks, who is openly bisexual, first made waves in the music industry in 2011, when she topped the music newspaper NME’s Cool List. Her fame slowly spread after she landed on the third spot of BBC’s Sound of 2012.
Finally, after three years, Azealia Banks launched her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, last year.
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