Tory Lanez convicted of killing Megan Thee Stallion

Canadian rapper Tory Lanez has been found guilty of three felonies in the 2020 shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion.

The incident left the singer wounded with shrapnel in her feet.

A jury in Los Angeles reached its verdict on Friday after a day of deliberations.

Lanez, 30, real name Daystar Peterson, was convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and recklessly discharging a firearm.

He now faces up to 22 years in prison.

Lanez, who wore a powder pink winter coat with matching pants, showed no visible reaction at the sentencing hearing. He was handcuffed in the courtroom.

After the jury exited the courtroom, Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, jumped up and began screaming. “This evil system stands before Almighty God!” He yelled as the deputies approached him. He then pointed to the two prosecutors in the case and yelled, “You two are bad, bad people. You know exactly what you did.”

Deputies removed him from the courtroom, where he continued to yell down the hallway.

Members of the media and the public were forced to remain in the courtroom for a few minutes after the hearing while the hallway was cleared.

bullets in their feet

Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, testified at trial that Lanez shot her in the heels with a handgun and yelled for her to dance as she walked away from an SUV they were driving in the Hollywood Hills were the summer of 2020.

She said the two got into an argument that got particularly heated when she started insulting his music.

She required surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet.

“The jury got it right,” said Megan’s attorney, Alex Spiro. “I am grateful that there is justice for Meg.”

Lanez’s attorneys could not be located outside of court for comment. Emails sent to her and prosecutors seeking responses to the verdict were not immediately responded to.

The shooting unleashed a storm of cultural issues and arguments that culminated during the trial, including black victims’ reluctance to speak to police, protection of black women, gender politics in hip-hop, and online toxicity.

In the closing arguments, prosecutors emphasized the courage it took Megan to come forward and the vitriol the 27-year-old faced to do so. They said she had no incentive to tell anything but the truth.

“Why would she lie?” said Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Bott. “She is subjected to a torrent of hatred. For what? Because you came forward as a victim of domestic violence?”

Lanez’s attorney, in his closing argument, claimed that the shots were actually fired by Megan’s then-best friend, Kelsey Harris, in a jealous fight over Lanez, who was trying to stop the shooting. Attorney George Mgdesyan argued Megan created a more sympathetic narrative by capturing the Lanez shooting.

“Megan Pete is a liar. She lied about everything in this case from the start,” Mgdesyan said. “She lied here under oath.”

Harris denied being the shooter and previously identified Lanez as the one holding the gun. Her lawyer declined to comment on her involvement in an email.

Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and experienced a steady rise in popularity until he transitioned to two major label albums. His last two hit the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

Megan Thee Stallion was already a huge rising star at the time of filming and her notoriety has skyrocketed since then. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song “Savage” featuring Beyoncé and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.”

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