Twitter bans US rapper after racist tweets at Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik arrives at the 2016 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (File photo: AP)

US rapper Azealia Banks has been suspended from Twitter after she tweeted a series of racial attacks at former One Direction star Zayn Malik.

The incident began when Banks accused the British singer of copying her style in his recent ‘Like I Would’ music video.

The 24-year-old shared a photo which highlighted some similarities with her own video for her ‘Yung Rapunxel’ single.

Malik then responded shortly after by tweeting “I see you reaching but I don’t care.”

Banks proceeded to unleash a barrage of tweets about Malik’s Pakistani heritage and skin color.

The remarks led organizers of London’s Rinse FM Born & Bred music festival to cancel her headline appearance.

Banks previously caused controversy on social media with a series of attacks against former US Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and British singers Rita Ora and Lily Allen.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51