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US rapper Azealia Banks calls Irish women `ugly' ahead of Dublin gig

Azealia Banks gave an emotional series of social media posts as she attempted to fly from London to Dublin. Picture by PA

US rapper Azealia Banks has called Irish women `ugly' and accused Aer Lingus staff of racism in an emotional series of social media posts as she attempted to fly from London to Dublin.

The 27-year-old announced on her Instagram story yesterday morning she was removing herself from the flight ahead of a sold-out gig at The Academy tonight.

Claiming she had been "banned" from the airline and alleged she had been "treated like a wild animal".

The airline has confirmed she left the 10.55am flight from Gatwick but did not comment on the allegations.

Banks told her fans "Every time I come to the UK, they always make some s**t with these airline people.

"I had my bags deep in the plane and the lady was asking me some questions.

"I was trying to find my passport as I didn't have the answers and she was staring at me. I said. `Don't stare at me'.

"She goes to the captain of the plane and .... said that I said, `Don't stare at me or I'll sort you out'. I'm from NYC, I don't use that slang.

"They crowded round me like I'm some sort of animal saying, `We're going to have a problem'.

"I get off the plane. I've worked too hard in my life to be cornered by some ugly Irish b***h. They are ugly Irish women here.

She claimed the security staff treating her "like a wild animal. They tried their hardest to get me to do something or freak out."

"....I've been touring too long to be singled out by the haggard old white ladies... it's always me on the plane with the long weave and the Louboutins and they're like, `Who is that black girl in business class?'

"They always want to say it's not racism but it's the same s*** from you ugly a** Aer Lingus b****es."

Banks said she had been booked on a different airline and would still make the gig.

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