Rapper Tory Lanez was discovered responsible Friday on all counts in his Los Angeles trial for capturing fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez, whose actual identify is Daystar Peterson, might face a most sentence of greater than 22 years in jail and deportation again to Canada.
The jury discovered Lanez, 30, responsible of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a car.
“The jury obtained it proper,” Megan Thee Stallion’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, informed CBS Information in an announcement. “I’m grateful there may be justice for Meg.”
Megan Thee Stallion, whose actual identify is Megan Pete, testified that Lanez shot at her ft 5 occasions following a celebration within the Hollywood Hills on July 12, 2020. She informed the courtroom that the capturing was preceded by an argument between Megan and Lanez that obtained heated, particularly after they started attacking one another’s music careers.
“I really feel like that actually rubbed him the incorrect manner,” she mentioned throughout her testimony, in keeping with The Related Press. “He stored yelling and cursing.”
She obtained out of the car and tried to stroll away when Lanez leaned out and opened hearth, she mentioned, leaving the again of her ft wounded. At one level, he yelled “Dance, b—-!” she testified. She finally obtained again into the automobile, which was pulled over shortly after, CBS Los Angeles reported.
She mentioned she wanted surgical procedure to remove bullet fragments in her ft.
In an announcement released instantly after the decision was learn, L.A. County District Legal professional George Gascón praised Megan Thee Stallion’s “bravery,” saying that she “confirmed unbelievable braveness and vulnerability” together with her testimony “regardless of repeated and grotesque assaults” that she “didn’t deserve.”
“Ladies, particularly Black girls, are afraid to report crimes like assault and sexual violence as a result of they’re too typically not believed,” Gascón mentioned.
Throughout the trial, Megan Thee Stallion mentioned that, regardless of the capturing, she agreed to get again within the car with Lanez, his bodyguard and a 3rd particular person as a result of she was carrying a thong bikini and likewise felt like her supervisor would know what to do if she was in a position to get in contact with him, in keeping with CBS Los Angeles.
She additionally testified that Lanez had offered her $1 million to maintain quiet in regards to the incident since he was on probation, however a lawyer for Lanez said that wasn’t true.
In an April interview with “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King, Megan Thee Stallion described what led as much as the capturing and the way she reacted.
“The argument was with the 2 individuals within the again seat,” she mentioned. “So I requested the driving force to drag the automobile over. Like, I am executed with this. And I ought to have stayed out of the automobile. Like, I ought to haven’t obtained again within the automobile. They usually was like, ‘Megan, simply get again within the automobile. We’re nearly there.’ And, like, simply, ‘Get again in.’ So I get again within the automobile. It is… getting worse.”
Because the argument escalated, Megan Thee Stallion mentioned she obtained out of the automobile, and that is when, she informed King, that Lanez fired a gun at her a number of occasions.
“So I get out of the automobile and it is like every part occurs so quick,” Megan Thee Stallion informed King. “And all I hear is that this man screaming. And he mentioned, ‘Dance, b—-!’ And he began capturing. And I am similar to, ‘Oh, my God.’ Like, he shot a few occasions. And I used to be so scared.”