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Azealia Banks Investigated for Attacking Nightclub Security Guard

Video of incident surfaces day after rapper cancels November tour dates

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Azealia Banks is under investigation by the LAPD after allegedly assaulting a security guard at a Los Angeles nightclub late last month

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Azealia Banks is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for criminal battery after allegedly assaulting a security guard at a nightclub, according to TMZ.

The gossip site obtained video of the incident, which took place at Break Room 86 in Los Angeles late last month. Banks and her friends were asked to leave the club because of “unruly behavior,” and on her way out, the rapper reportedly tried to pull the fire alarm.

At that point, Banks was grabbed by a security guard, after which members of her party rushed to pull him off her. Banks can then be seen jumping the guard and hitting him repeatedly along with her friends until another security guard arrives to break up the scuffle. 

News of the incident surfaced one day after Banks canceled a handful of November tour dates. As Pitchfork reports, the shows were originally rescheduled in August after co-headliner K. Michelle dropped out.

In a note on Twitter, Banks wrote, “I’m very busy at work. Your coins will be refunded and I will be back in January.” She’s still scheduled to play Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19th.

It is possible Banks canceled her tour to work on the follow-up to her 2014 LP, Broke With Expensive Taste. Banks has spent a good chunk of 2015 on the road in support of the album, but her musical output has been limited to a handful of guest features and remixes, including a reworking of Fall Out Boy’s “The Kids Aren’t Alright.”

Banks is also set to star in the upcoming film, Coco, a musical drama directed by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (not to be confused with an upcoming Pixar film of the same name). The film is set in Brooklyn, with Banks playing the “twenty-something female rapper” titular character. The film also stars Common, Jill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint.

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