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Azealia Banks alleges that Coldplay’s manager physically assaulted her

November 30, 2017

The two were in a relationship back in 2011.

In a string of  posts shared on Instagram this week, Azealia Banks alleged Dave Holmes, the current manager of Coldplay (who in the past Banks claimed was a manager for Santigold, Interpol and My Chemical Romance) was physically abusive towards her when they were in a relationship.

In her extensive and detailed account, she described the evolution of their involvement together. Banks explains that after she was dropped by her label, XL, the couple briefly broke up before getting back together when her breakthrough single “212” began receiving traction in 2011.

Banks describes a particularly jarring incident that occurred the night before she shot her “1991” music video:

On the night before the 1991 video, the couple get into a heated argument 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. 

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It’s not the first time she’s made similar allegations. In December of 2012, she initially described — in tweets that have now been deleted — details of Holmes violence against her: “One tweet read: “ColdPlay’s manager Dave Holmes is a piece of s-–. Second time he has put his f—– hands on me.” Another tweet detailed: “You know how someone lets you down once…And you give them another chance, and they let you down again? And you feel stupid…Because you knew better? A Jealous Man is a Dangerous man.”

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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