Back at the end of 2015, controversy-magnet and sometimes-musician Azealia Banks was arrested for assaulting a security guard working at the New York club Up&Down. She reportedly punched the woman and bit her breast, and was subsequently charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Today, Banks failed to attend her scheduled court date, leading the judge to issue a bench warrant for her arrest. Banks’ entertainment lawyer said in a statement to Pitchfork that she believed her court date was actually 3/8, not 3/6, and was attending Paris Fashion Week at the time instead. In a note read by her lawyer today in court, Banks said, “I can be back tomorrow if the court needs it.” You can read the lawyer’s full statement below:
Azealia Banks mistakenly believed she had a court appearance on March 8th instead of March 6th.
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. 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. Again, she apologizes for the inconvenience that may have caused the Department.