Tory Lanez convicted of shooting Megan Thee Stallion

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

The incident left the singer injured with bullet fragments in her feet.

A Los Angeles jury reached the verdict Friday after a day of deliberations.

Lanez, 30, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle and negligently discharging a firearm serious

He now faces 22 years in prison.

Lanez, wearing a powder pink winter coat with matching pants, showed no visible reaction when the verdict was read. He was handcuffed while in the courtroom.

After the jury left the courtroom, Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, jumped to his feet and started screaming. “This wicked system is judged before Almighty God!” He shouted, 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 scream in the hallway.

Members of the media and members of the public were forced to remain in the courtroom for several minutes after the hearing while the corridor was cleared.

Bullets at his feet

Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified during the trial that Lanez fired a gun into the back of her feet and yelled at her to dance as she walked away from an SUV they were riding in driving in the Hollywood Hills. the summer of 2020.

He said the two had gotten into a dispute that became particularly heated when he began insulting her music.

He needed surgery to remove bullet fragments from his feet.

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

Lawyers for Lanez could not be reached for comment outside court. Emails sent to them and prosecutors seeking reaction to the verdict were not immediately returned.

The shooting set off a firestorm of cultural issues and arguments that peaked during the trial, including the reluctance of black victims to talk to police, the protection of black women, gender politics in hip-hop and online toxicity.

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

“Why would I lie?” Assistant District Attorney Alexander Bott said. “She has been subjected to a stream of hate. For what? To present herself as a victim of domestic violence?”

Lanez’s attorney alleged in his closing argument that the shots were actually fired by Megan’s then-best friend, Kelsey Harris, in a jealous fight over Lanez, who tried to stop the shooting. The attorney, George Mgdesyan, argued that Megan created a more sympathetic narrative by pinning the shooting on Lanez.

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

Harris denied being the shooter and previously identified Lanez as the one with the gun. His lawyer, in an email, declined to comment on his involvement.

Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and saw a steady rise in popularity, moving onto major label albums. His last two reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

Megan Thee Stallion was already a big star on the rise at the time of filming, and her prominence has grown ever since. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had the no. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song “Savage,” featuring BeyoncĂ©, and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.”

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