Azealia Banks has made bigger headlines in 2015 for her behavior than her beats. In September, she was filmed throwing homophobic slurs at a flight attendant who apparently didn’t let her off the plane before someone else. In November, she was under investigation by the LAPD for brawling with a bouncer at Break Room 86. It looks like her temper has finally caught up with her, as TMZ reports the Harlem rapper has been arrested by the NYPD for — you can’t make this up — biting a bouncer’s breast.
Sources and witnesses tell Page Six that Banks was attempting to enter a private birthday party for one of the owners of the Meatpacking club Up&Down. Though not on the list, she was with an invited guest, but didn’t have the required stamp to be let into the downstairs soiree. When she was told to go get her stamp by two bouncers (one female, one male), she reportedly began using racial slurs while “screaming at the top of her lungs, cursing.”
A manager tried to calm the scene by allowing Banks to enter, but she wasn’t done. She immediately turned around and continued berating the bouncers, who hadn’t recognized her, yelling about how she was “on Rihanna’s album.” When security came over to quiet her down, she allegedly “spit in the [female bouncer’s] face.” That led to her being escorted out, at which point she bit down on the bouncer’s breast, leading to “swelling and redness,” according to police.
It gets worse. Once outside, Banks threatened to call the cops (for some reason). She found a nearby NYPD Traffic Enforcement car, and returned to the front of the club with the officers. In a fit of pure genius, she then allegedly punched the female bouncer and was quickly arrested. “Why are you arresting me?” she reportedly asked.
The 24-year-old rapper was taken to the Sixth Precinct on charges of misdemeanor third degree assault. She was held for evaluation until Wednesday evening, after which she was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. As an A misdemeanor, third degree assault is punishable by up to a year and jail and three years probation, though it’s rare for first-time offenders to see jail time. Good thing charges were never filed in that LA case.