A crowdfunding page bearing the 27-year-old’s name has surfaced online this week seeking $100,000 to “get justice” against the New Zealand-born actor for “spitting on” her during a 2016 dinner party.
“Whatever money comes of this will be donated to ocean clean up charities. This isn’t about a big pay day for me,” the appeal reads.
“It’s important to send a message that black women also deserve justice and will get justice in these situations.”
So what happened at the party?
It seems the fundraising account is referring to a highly reported incident that took place in Crowe’s Beverly Hills Hotel suite in October 2016.
Banks was reportedly among 10 guests who joined the Gladiator star for dinner and music, and attended as the plus-one of musician/director RZA. Banks told The Sun things turned sour when she insulted a guest – “Russell just kind of switched,” she said.
The pair reportedly traded insults, before a second guest – a woman – stepped in to defend Crowe.
“I said, ‘Girl, this is not the right time or place for us to be fighting, like what would happen if I got up and I slapped the s*** out of you, or I took a glass and f***ing threw it at you and you were bleeding all over the place?'” Banks said, recounting the conversation to The Sun. “‘I would be wrong and we’d all be wrong, and the party would be done.’”