A Los Angeles jury on Friday found Canadian rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three felonies in the 2020 shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion, in which she was wounded with bullet fragments lodged in her feet.
The jury of seven women and five men deliberated a day before acquitting the 30-year-old rapper from Brampton, Ont. . The counts can lead to up to 22 years in prison.
Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, showed no visible reaction when the verdict was read. He was handcuffed in court.
After the jury left the courtroom, Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, jumped up and started screaming. “This wicked system is on trial before Almighty God!” he yelled, as 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’ve done.”
A jury has convicted Tory Lanez on all three charges for the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. A crazy and downright scary scene in the courtroom as his father and stepmother yelled at Wick’s injustice.
Deputies removed him from the courtroom, where he continued to yell in the hallway.
Members of the media and the public were required to remain in the courtroom for several minutes after the hearing while the corridor was cleared.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified at trial that Lanez fired a gun at the back of her feet and yelled at her to dance as she walked away from an SUV the couple had been driving in the Hollywood Hills. in the summer of 2020. She said the two got into a fight that turned heated when she started insulting his music.
She had to have surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet.
“The jury was right,” said Megan’s attorney Alex Spiro. “I’m thankful that there is justice for Meg.”
Lanez’s lawyers could not be reached for comment outside of court. Emails sent to them and to prosecutors seeking comments on the verdict were not immediately returned.
The shooting sparked a firestorm of cultural issues and arguments that climaxed during the trial, including black victims’ unwillingness to speak to police, protection of black women, gender politics in hip-hop, and online toxicity.
“Why would she lie?”
Concluding the arguments, prosecutors emphasized the courage it took Megan to come forward and the venom the 27-year-old endured for it. They said she had no reason to say anything but the truth.
“Why would she lie?” So said Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott. “She is subject to a stream of hatred. for what? Because she came forward as a victim of domestic violence?’
Lanez’s lawyer claimed 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 had 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 start,” Mgdesyan said. “She lied under oath here.”
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Harris denied being the shooter, rather identifying 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 saw a steady rise in popularity, continuing with major label albums. His last two reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was already a huge rising star at the time of filming and her fame has skyrocketed since then. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song Wildwith Beyonce, and as a guest on Cardi B’s WAP.