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In a series of videos posted to Instagram on Wednesday, artist Azealia Banks asked fans to come to her rescue after one of her white neighbors allegedly threatened her with a gun.
Banks says that the neighbor identified himself as a criminal attorney, spewed slurs at her, and pulled out the gun.
“I don’t even know who this [N-word] is. He was like, ‘Oh, I’m a criminal attorney and I’mma put you in jail.’ I’m just like ‘for fucking what,'” she recalls him saying to her.
She says that as a Black person, she was afraid to get the police involved. Then she urged fans who were nearby her home to help her.
“If I call the cops, I don’t know what the cops are gonna do. I don’t know what white people will do. I’m like the only Black girl on this street,” she says in one of the now-deleted videos. “I’m not even joking. Please come to my house. If you’re a block away or down the street, just come to my house so I can call the cops.”
Fans heeded her distress call by going to her house. One fan, who streamed their visit to her house, wrote on Twitter that Banks “was in a good place when [they left].”
“We were just all talking about all different kinds of things and we were just laughing and having a ki lol i think that made her feel better,” they wrote.
Azealia Banks shares alarming cry for help on Instagram, urging fans to come to her house after a neighbor pulled a gun on her:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 5, 2020
"If I call the cops, I don't know what the cops are gonna do. I don't know what white people will do! I'm like the only black girl on this street." pic.twitter.com/3PtH5lN0R7
Banks says that this isn’t the first time the neighbor has threatened her.
“This is the second fucking time,” she says in one video. “He does the same racist spiel, and the way he pulls the gun out, he knows he can just shoot me and kill me.”
She later further addressed the incident on Instagram.
“Thanks to everyone who came to me and everyone for being super vigilant about this. I’m leaving here tomorrow but felt it was important to make my whereabouts public in case this crazy guy decided on anything strange,” she wrote in an Instagram Story. “That was a lesson in adulthood because I never want to be that afraid ever again.”
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H/T Pop Crave
Eilish O’Sullivan is the news wire editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.