Singer Azealia Banks has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise money for a lawsuit against Kiwi actor Russell Crowe.

The would-be suit is over an incident at Russell Crowe's Beverly Hills hotel suite in 2016, in which Crowe reportedly forcibly removed Azealia Banks from a party.

She claimed on Facebook that during the altercation, he called her the n-word, choked her and spat on her.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA - who attended the event with Banks - disputed her version of events, and says Banks was verbally abusive and threatened to cut one of the women in the room. However, he has since confirmed in an interview that Russell Crowe had spit at her.


Now, nearly two years on, Banks is seeking $100,000 through GoFundMe to sue Crowe. At the time of writing, the page as raised US $2898 in nine days.

In the page's description, she writes: "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."

She also promised that "whatever money comes of this will be donated to ocean clean up 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.

"Crowe called me a n*****, choked me, and spat on me... if I were a white singer he wouldn't have even thought about laying a finger on me. 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!"

Los Angeles prosecutors at the time said they would not charge Crowe over the scuffle, with a prosecutor determining that a jury would likely "find [that] the physical escort out of the room was justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks".