Azealia Banks’s racist outburst against Irish people could lead to her arrest in the UK, a barrister has suggested.
The 27-year-old rapper took to social media earlier this week to brand Irish people ‘f***ing ugly’ after she stormed off an aircraft scheduled to fly from London’s Gatwick Airport to Dublin, following a row with an Aer Lingus air stewardess.
A day later she then branded Irish people ‘inbred’, ‘leprechauns’ and asked if they ‘had a famine to go die in’ in a series of social media comments while out in Ireland.
But the controversial 212 singer could be prosecuted under the Communications Act 2003, barrister Tomas McGarvey hinted.
Azealia Banks performs at KOKO in London last night after her controversial remarks this week
Banks did not seem to let the latest controversy dampen her performance last night in London
He tweeted: ‘Hi #azeliabanks in light of your recent comments on #instagram about Irish women & Irish people generally, perhaps I can introduce you to the #CommunicationsAct2003 (s127) before you land in England. If you keep up the insults, you may end up with first hand experience.’
He included a screenshot of section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which listed a series of measures which Banks’s tweets and recent outbursts could have broken.
Section 127 covers offensive and threatening messages sent over a ‘public’ electronic communications network. Since 2010 it has increasingly been used to arrest and prosecute individuals for messages posted to sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Tomas McGarvey (pictured) hinted that Banks could be arrested in England if she repeated her controversial remarks
Barrister Tomas McGarvey suggested that Azealia Banks could be arrested under the Communications Act 2003 if she made the remarks while on tour in England
Earlier this week, Banks referenced the Great Famine of Ireland, from 1845-49, which saw one million Irish people die from starvation and disease, she wrote to one follower: ‘Don’t you have a famine to go die in?’
Responding to another follower in another offensive comment, she wrote: ‘Because most of you can’t talk or write lol.
McGarvey included section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 in his tweet, which covers offensive and threatening messages sent over a ‘public’ electronic communications network
‘You lot are a bunch of prideful inbred leprechauns who have ZERO global influence and ZERO white privilege. The rest of the world’s white folk don’t want to associate with you lot at all and it’s because you are barbarians.
Continuing her rant, she wrote: ‘I’m happiest knowing the Irish are quarantined on an isle so they can continue to inbreed and keep their defective genes away from humanity.
In response to one comment saying: ‘I’m still waiting to see a pretty Irish woman’ she responded ‘LOL’.
Banks flew back into the UK to perform at Manchester’s O2 Ritz and is due to perform at London’s Electric Brixton this Sunday.
Under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, the law states: ‘A person is guilty of an offence if he (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character’.
It goes on to add: ‘A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.;
‘A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.’
Last night Banks looked carefree as she performed at KOKO in London following her outburst.
She was seen smiling at the crowd as she worked her way through her setlist, before waving at her fans.
Rant: The 27-year-old rapper made her initial comments on her Instagram account, after storming off an aircraft scheduled to fly from London’s Gatwick Airport to Dublin, following a row with an Aer Lingus air stewardess
Vile: And a day after offering a proverbial olive branch by dedicating her Dublin show to ‘beautiful Irish women’ on Tuesday, the musician branded Irish people ‘inbred’, ‘leprechauns’ and mocked the potato famine in a series of social media comments
The performance comes after Azealia begged Conor McGregor to ‘help her’ after she unleashed another vile social media rant aimed at Irish people.
Before the sickening outburst Conor McGregor had watched the rapper’s Instagram story and messaged her saying, ‘hahaha. See you soon.’
She then replied, pleading with the Irish MMA star to help her. She wrote: ‘Conor they are bullying me. Help me :(‘
Taking the stage at The Academy – after completing her journey to Ireland by road and ferry – the New Yorker told the crowd: ‘I want to dedicate this to all the beautiful Irish women that are here.’
The sold-out show appeared to be pleasing to her fans, many of whom shared gushing posts on Instagram about the star and her performance – before having their clips and snaps shared by the American musician herself.
On Wednesday morning, the 212 rapper took to Instagram to play down her teary display during her rant on Monday in which she made the inflammatory comments.
Next to a screenshot of Aer Lingus’ statement confirming she had left the flight, Azealia wrote: ‘People are so addicted to Azealia Banks trauma porn that they hop on ANY opportunity to try and make it seem like my life is all sad and horrible.
‘I’m FINE GUYS! I didn’t get kicked off the plane. I got off the plane on my own. When I got off the plane they kept chastising me and saying they were gonna call the police (for no reason) and it made me cry.
‘My Dublin show at the Academy is part of a series of joints to rebuild my profile in Ireland and the UK. I’m honestly so grateful the show went well!!!!
‘I’ve been really really missing all my friends across the pond and if I have to drive ten hours to a four hour ferry to preserve my peace of mind and be in the highest spirits to re-connect with my people then A b**ch has to do what she has to do!!!!!!!’
On Monday, an air passenger told how an Aer Lingus air hostess asked Banks ‘Are you going to be trouble…?’ when the star tried to put her bags in the overhead locker.
Rant: On Monday, Azealia broke down after claiming she had been banned from Aer Lingus flights, following a row with the airline’s staff. In the midst of her rant, she made the slur
Banks asked for Conor McGregor to help her after she said she was being ‘bullied’
Banks launched an extraordinary tearful rant at Aer Lingus staff after a row with a stewardess before a flight from Gatwick to Dublin.
The musician removed herself from a morning flight to Dublin, ahead of her sold-out gig at The Academy in the Irish capital on Tuesday.
The passenger told MailOnline: ‘Azealia was sitting in front of me. It was a busy flight and there was not a lot of space.
‘She was right at the front. A male friend was putting her things in the overhead locker, but Azealia needed to get something from her bag.
‘She was stood in the aisle and preventing other passengers from boarding.
‘Then she turned to the hostess and said, ‘Are you staring at me…’? Why are you staring at me? I didn’t fill out an Air Lingus form to be stared at.’
The passenger, who asked not to be named added: ‘To be honest with you I think the airline staff were a bit aggressive and confrontational with her.
‘They were asking Azealia if she was going to be trouble before we had even taken off, which only escalated the situation.
‘Azealia was at the front of the plane and the stewardess was trying to hurry her along.
Banks performing at KOKO London last night, dressed in a white corset
‘She said the attendants were harassing her and I think they were a bit heavy handed.’
She claimed she had been ‘banned’ from the airline after leaving the flight, saying she had been ‘treated like a wild animal’ on what she called her ‘travel day from hell’.
The airline has confirmed she left the 10.55am flight from Gatwick but declined to comment on her specific allegations.
Banks famously launched a foul-mouthed tirade at a flight attendant calling him a ‘f***ing f***ot’ when she was unable to get off a Delta plane in 2005.
Taking to social media, she said a stewardess had accused her of threatening to ‘sort you out’.
The musician denied she had used those words, saying she was from New York and would not have used that turn of phrase.
The passenger who witnessed the row also denied Banks said ‘I will sort you out’ to an air hostess.
In a series of Instagram stories she said: ‘Every time I come to the UK, they always make some s**t with these airline people.
‘They are always starting s*** with me. I had my bags deep in the plane and the lady was asking me some questions.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Azealia for comment.