Azealia Banks Shares Sexual Assault Claims On Instagram

"Somebody really got the f**king best of me, and I’m just so unsure how they got it.”

Over the weekend, Azealia Banks shared how she was sexually assaulted just a day before one of her first performances since the release of her new music.

On Saturday (Apr. 14), the artist in a now-deleted Instagram story shared the disturbing moment she realized the incident happened. Banks recalled how the unidentified man might've pressured her into a sexual encounter with a sedative. “One thing led to another,” Banks tearfully said. “[…] I just feel really dumb because it was partially my fault, you know? […] I just feel like a dumbass, such a dummy. I just want to f**kin’ disappear right now. I feel really bad.” In clear shock, the artist went on to question her actions and potentially stalling the rollout of her new project, Fantasea II: The Second Wave. Banks recently released the clubby song, "Anna Wintour" much to fan and critical acclaim.

“I can’t even look at music right now. I don’t want to let anyone down,” she said. "I’m gonna delete all my accounts, because I’m embarrassed. I’m gonna delete everything, and I guess I’ll just come back when I get it together. I just feel really broken down—just when I’m rebuilding myself as an artist. I don’t know how to face y’all.” She added: “This rape sh*t, you know. Men can just prey on you and just f**king badger you and force you to say ‘yes’ […] You feel like you gave consent, but you didn’t give sh*t. You never wanted to do sh*t, but there you are, feeling f**king powerless. Somebody really got the f**king best of me, and I’m just so unsure how they got it.”

She went on to describe how her throat was in "pins and needles," when she woke up. After sharing how she was unable to reach friends, she alerted fans she was safe. “What is even in a roofie,” she said. “I’ve never felt that type of intoxication in my life. I woke up my throat was in pins and needles. It’s under control now my brothers and friends are here. I’m going to be fine don’t panic guys. I love you. I def got drugged in my drink but I’m waking up again.”

"Date-rape" drugs vary from flunitrazepam (Rohypnol, or "roofies"), gama-hydroxyy butarate (GHB), to Ketamine. As Women's Health Magazine notes, "Roofies" are odorless and are hard to detect. Some drugs like GHB may have a salty flavor, but with the mix of alcohol and aromatic bitters can also go unnoticed.

“They act almost like muscle relaxants,” Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, associate secretary for North America at the World Association for Sexual Health says. “And although the early symptoms are similar to being drunk, it can get much more serious as the drug passes through your system.” Symptoms of date rape drugs include confusion, temporary memory loss, drowsiness, vision problems, and difficulty breathing. Most rape or sexual assault cases involving date rape drugs go unreported.

It isn't known if Banks filed a police report. She has continued to warn young fans with her experience as she called some men a "real threat" to women.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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