March 7, 2017


Arrest Warrant for Azealia Banks Issued in NYC

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Update (3/8): Azealia Banks appeared in a New York City court on Tuesday. "The Court retracted the warrant. Azealia appeared immediately after she returned to New York," the rapper's lawyer told Pitchfork.

According to Page Six, Banks told Justice Kathyrn Paek, “I just wanted to apologize for being tardy.” 

Paek's reported reply? “Not tardy! You missed your court date, your case is on for hearing and trial, and you did not appear. Do you understand the difference?”

Original story (3/7): Azealia Banks was due in a New York court on Monday to face charges of misdemeanor assault, attempted assault, disorderly conduct and harassment in relation to a December 2015 encounter. Allegations say the Harlem rapper assaulted a security guard at a club in the city in what's now known as the breast-biting incident. Due to Banks' failure to appear on Monday, an arrest warrant has been issued.

Banks was raising eyebrows at Paris Fashion Week at the time.

Banks' lawyer tells Pitchfork she mistook March 6 for March 8, adding:

"She was in France for Fashion week due to meetings and other social gatherings and was not able to arrange her flight in time to appear today. She apologizes and will apologize in person to the Court for missing her scheduled hearing. In addition, she attempted to appear via a New York Attorney and through a close family member. Ms. Banks will go to the department to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Again, she apologizes for the inconvenience that may have caused the Department." 

It's been a year since Azealia Banks dropped her second mixtape, Slay-Z, featuring Rick Ross and Kaytranada. You wouldn't guess it from the artist's never-ending stream of social media toxcicty, but it was actually one of the best tapes of the year.