Azealia Banks is a wanted woman. A judge has reportedly issued a warrant for the 25-year-old rapper’s arrest in regards to a 2015 incident, in which she allegedly bit a woman’s breast at New York City nightclub Up & Down. Banks was initially scheduled to appear in court on three different charges of assault on Monday (Mar. 6), but was a no-show, Pitchfork confirms. A California entertainment attorney representing Banks, released a statement shortly after the missed court hearing, alleging the rapper’s absence was merely a miscommunication.
“Azealia Banks mistakenly believed she had a court appearance on March 8 instead of March 6,” the attorney said in a statement to Pitchfork. “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.” The statement also apologized on Banks’ behalf and suggested a possible solution to remedy the mistake. “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,” the statement concluded.
Azealia is reportedly facing charges of misdemeanor assault, attempted assault, and disorderly conduct. Back in December 2015, “The Big Big Beat” artist attended a private party at the NYC nightclub where she got into a dispute with the one of the club’s female bouncers. The rapper allegedly attacked the woman, biting her on the breast before being tossed out of the venue, according to reports at Page Six. She was initially charged with third-degree assault.
This isn’t the first time Banks has assaulted a security guard. One month earlier in November 2015, the rapper was caught on camera physically fighting with another security guard at a nightclub in Los Angeles. Although the LAPD opened a criminal battery investigation against Banks, the district attorney ultimately dropped assault charges due to lack of evidence. Hopefully Azealia will be so lucky to dodge assault charges a second time.