Iggy Azalea accepts the award for favorite rap/hip-hop artist during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles
IN PHOTO: Iggy Azalea accepts the award for favorite rap/hip-hop artist during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Iggy Azalea has come down strongly on her critics. According to recent reports, the rapper has claimed that she is being targeted because of her gender.

"Well, they don't say that stuff about Macklemore," claims the Australian rapper in an interview with Vanity Fair. "So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina."

Azalea is accusing her critics of being sexist and misogynistic. She was earlier involved in a bitter Twitter feud with another female rapper, Azealia Banks, who accused her of ignoring black issues following Eric Garner's death.

The online spat took an ugly turn when an anonymous hacker threatened Azalea that some still shots from her alleged sex tape will be made public if she does not apologise to Banks, as reported by The Independent. In the interview, the rapper has clarified again that she does not have any sex tape.

"Every week I have some sort of crisis that involves the Internet," sighed the rapper. "I do not have a sex tape; I would remember if I had a sex tape." The rapper also reportedly imparted her own share of struggling days when she left her home in New South Wales at the age of 17 and landed in Florida alone to make her mark in the music industry.

In another update, Azalea is facing a court case in Los Angeles. She is involved in a copyright case with her former boyfriend, Hefe Wine, who is also claiming to be the rapper's husband.

According to reports from Entertainment Wise, the rapper has accused Wine of stealing her work from the early days of her music career. Azalea filed an infringement copyright lawsuit against Wine last year, blocking him from releasing any of her music under his name.

Meanwhile, Wine has emphasised that he owns Azalea's unreleased music and Universal group has no right over them. He has even claimed that he and Azalea are husband and wife according to the common law marriage practice prevalent in Texas, as they lived together in 2008 when the music in question was made.

Wine is citing the Texas rule that a couple are considered man and wife if both parties agreed and are living together. Joseph Porter, the lawyer representing Wine, is reportedly quite hopeful that he will win the court case. Their camp reportedly have enough evidence to support the claim that Azalea referred to Wine as her husband in various official and unofficial email exchanges.

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