(AllHipHop News) The RZA and Azealia Banks have been at odds for quite some time, culminating with the female singer telling the elder statesman to "drop dead." Now, the RZA's public relations representative Tresa Sanders (who will now be known as TZA) has had enough. The veteran PR has stepped into the arena to fiercely defend the honor of her client. And, if you believe this is mere work, the tone of the letter should help fix that. There is significant passion in the these words.
The letter in its entirety is below.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT - RZA SAID A YEAR AGO ON TMZ THAT CROWE SPIT AT AZAELIA
The derogatory posts against my client RZA by Azealia Banks is unwarranted and beyond that — unbecoming.
RZA, from the moment he met Ms. Banks, bet on her to win. So much so that when others felt she would be too much trouble to work with on the film Love Beats Rhyme, he disregarded what had been said and looked beyond her well documented controversies moving forward with securing her as his lead.
He felt she did an amazing job and his support didn’t stop there; he felt her voice needed to be heard and started negotiating a deal for her to release new music while simultaneously introducing her to his friends and colleagues. He introduced her to key people in the entertainment industry to help her broaden her reach. Her introduction to Russell Crowe at his private party resulted in Banks going on a salacious mission to disparage him and RZA. Playing the race card and anything else she could.
I represent RZA and found it necessary to state he would never have done what he has in support of Ms. Banks to put her in a position to be harmed, ridiculed, demeaned, or treated in an inhumane way. And still, he continues to support her.
Contrary to recent reports, a year ago RZA interviewed with TMZ on October 20, 2016, and clearly stated that Russell did, in fact, spit at Banks (found at :28). RZA never denied that. While there is no excuse for spitting at anyone, you would have to be in the room to witness the whole ordeal to see exactly why the night ended that way.
As Ms. Banks reputation precedes her, RZA hasn’t and does not want to further embarrass Banks and stands by not revealing all of the details at this time. In fact, after the incident, concerned about her welfare, RZA made sure she made it back to her hotel safely.
Just this past week while promoting Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues on The Breakfast Club, RZA was asked about Ms. Banks and he responded positively with she’s a "great talent.” (found at 28:10) He went on to explain that there was a lot that has not been revealed about the night in question and that he did speak up on her behalf.
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Nothing derogatory here; yet Banks goes on to socialize her attacks stating RZA should "drop dead" while making unfavorable remarks against him.
Regardless of any rumored conditions she may have, I feel there is no excuse for this type of behavior, therefore I feel obligated to let the record show that RZA has tried his best to support Ms. Banks. Taking the high road is not an easy task when someone constantly slanders you, but he has.
Enough is enough. Respect and decency should happen at some point.
Have THE MOST beautiful day,