Azealia Banks Details Horrific Domestic Abuse From The Manager Of This Music Group

Azealia Banks Details Horrific Domestic Abuse From The Manager Of This Music Group

"During the headlock she cuts the inside of her lip on her teeth and begins to spit blood."

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With cases of assault, both domestic and sexual, in the entertainment industry peaking at an all-time high in 2017, rap artist Azealia Banks has come forth with allegations against Dave Holmes, music executive and manager for Coldplay, Interpol, Santigold and My Chemical Romance.

For her story, the Harlem femcee has taken the details of a terrifying domestic assault incident with Holmes to a lengthy Instagram post.

Azealia spoke in third person as she described how her relationship unfolded with Holmes when she was only 18 years old. At the time, she says, she was still signed to XL Recordings and had begun dating the then-43-year-old, which “made her feel like Naomi Campbell!,” she explained. Azealia admits that though he was married at the time, he insisted that him and his wife were separated. However, she added, their relationship took a sharp left turn once she was released from her label and Holmes switched up on her without warning.

“This was the first time she'd ever been in love,” she wrote in the post. “When she is dropped from XL recordings, he breaks up with her and abruptly stops paying the rent on the apartment he had been renting for her. She haphazardly moves out of her apartment on dyckman street and heads to Montreal where She spends a lonely, depressed summer.”

Azealia said that eventually he popped back up in 2012 once her career kicked off for the better, but one argument that happened on the night before recording her “1991” music video, things took another turn for the worse. And it was all due to $2,000 she borrowed from him a couple of weeks prior, the Ice Princess claimed.

“She grabs hold of his fancy espresso machine and pushes it on the floor, which prompts him to put her in a choking headlock,” she recalled. “The fight gets nasty, with her throwing rocks through glass windows and him dragging her by her hair and throwing her into a freezing cold shower. During the headlock she cuts the inside of her lip on her teeth and begins to spit blood.”

Afterward, Azealia said her friend came to pick her up and take her home, where the trauma from the incident led to a sleepless night and hours of crying. She still had her video to shoot the next day, Azealia concluded, but once her hairstylist Brianna arrived to glam her up, she revealed what happened the night before. The story abruptly ends after she said that somehow through the anguish brought on by the alleged incident, she was able to pull herself together and push forward for her femcee duties.

Holmes has not yet responded to Azealia’s claims, but you can read her entire statement in the post below.  

When she was 18 years old and still signed with XL recordings she was introduced to a man named Dave who managed coldplay, interpol, santigold and my chemical romance. He was at the time a very handsome, very charming man who she admired intensely. He was 43, rich , white and very fatherly to her. Dating him made her feel like Naomi Campbell! He was married at the time but told her he was separated- something She didn't care about as She was so happy to have him in her life. Her father died when She was three years old and She was raised by a single mother and her older sister. This was the first time she'd ever been in love. When she is dropped from XL recordings, he breaks up with her and abruptly stops paying the rent on the apartment he had been renting for her . She haphazardly moves out of her apartment on dyckman street and heads to Montreal where She spends a lonely, depressed summer. Upon the success of 212 , Dave reappears in her life. She's happy to have him back as she considers him her Dad and felt close to him like family. On the night before the 1991 video, the couple get into a heated arguement about $2,000 she'd borrowed from him two weeks earlier. She grabs hold of his fancy espresso machine and pushes it on the floor, which prompts him to put her in a choking headlock. The fight gets nasty, with her throwing rocks through glass windows and him dragging her by her hair and throwing her into a freezing cold shower. During the headlock she cuts the inside of her lip on her teeth and begins to spit blood. Her friend comes to pick her up and take her home where she cries for hours and doesn't sleep a wink. Her world was shattered. She had plans to marry this man. She imagined the entire rest of her life with him and could never have seen this coming. She gets to set the next morning tired , confused and emotionally drained . Her hairstylist Brianna meets her with a beaming smile and is excited to tell her about all of the fly outfits the stylist pulled. She turns to Brianna and says "Dave hit me last night" ... Brianna gasps... the new rising star begins to cry , yet somehow is able to hold it together enough to get her make-up done. #1991 #BWET

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Written by Diamond Alexis

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