Rapper Tory Lanez found guilty of all charges for shooting Megan Thee Stallion

A jury in Los Angeles has found rapper Tory Lanez guilty of all three charges in the July 12, 2020 shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion in the Hollywood Hills.

“The jury was right. I’m thankful that justice has been served for Meg,” Megan Thee Stallion’s attorney, Alex Spiro, told ABC News in a statement after the verdict was announced Friday afternoon.

Chaos reportedly erupted in the courtroom after the verdict was announced, with Lanez’s father yelling at the accusers, calling them “witches” and “evil,” according to Los Angeles station KABC.

“You two are bad, bad,” Lanez’s father yelled at prosecutors as the jury left the courtroom, as Lanez’s lawyers tried to de-escalate the situation.

Lanez was later taken into custody.

ABC News has reached out to Lanez’s lawyers and a request for comment was not immediately responded to. Sentencing is scheduled for January 27 at 8:30 a.m. local time, according to KABC.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon in a statement acknowledged the “courage” of Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, pointing to some of the commentary surrounding the case.

“You showed incredible courage and vulnerability in your testimony, despite repeated and grotesque attacks that you did not deserve,” he wrote. “You faced an unjust and despicable criticism that no woman should ever have to endure and you have been an inspiration to others in LA County and across the country.”

This case has sparked intense debates about society’s treatment of women, and Megan’s account of the incident — and the intense public vitriol she faced after sharing her story — has brought the Protect Black Women movement into the spotlight. which focuses on the struggles on the two fronts of sexism and racism experienced by Black women in their own communities and in society as a whole.

In this December 13, 2022 file photo, singer Tory Lanez returns to the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center for his trial in Los Angeles.

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“Even as a victim, I’ve been met with skepticism and judgment,” Megan wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times published October 13, 2020. “There’s not much room for passionate advocacy when you’re a black woman.”

“Women, especially black women, are afraid to report crimes like assault and sexual assault because too often they are not believed,” Gascón said in his statement Friday.

“It’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase ‘Protect Black Women’ is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings,” Pete wrote in the 2020 poll.

The jury, including alternates, consisted of nine women and five men, including four black jurors. They deliberated for seven hours over two days before finding Lanez guilty.

During the two-week trial, jurors heard testimony from several witnesses, including Pete himself. Pete’s former friend Kelsey Harris, who was one of four present when Pete was shot, also testified.

Harris initially confirmed details pointing to Lanez as the alleged shooter in a September video interview with prosecutors, but last week changed her story on the witness stand.

A key piece of evidence presented to the jury was a text Harris sent to Pete’s then-bodyguard Justin Edison shortly after the incident that read, “Help Tory shoot Meg 911.”

“I don’t know why I told Justin that. I didn’t see anything happen,” Harris testified, according to KABC in Los Angeles.

Edison, who was subpoenaed to testify in this case, went missing last Friday a day before his scheduled testimony, his father told “GMA,” but while the jury was deliberating, his family announced he had been located.

Witnesses also included police responding to the shooting, forensic experts examining DNA evidence on the gun, a doctor treating Megan’s foot injury, and a neighbor who witnessed the shooting from his home. Pete testified last week that on the night of July 12, 2020, she got out of a car after an argument with Lanez and as she was walking away, she turned her head and saw him with a gun, according to a Los Angeles ABC reporter station KABC, who was in court.

Megan Thee Stallion whose legal name is Megan Pete makes her way from the Hall of Justice to the courthouse to testify in the trial of Rapper Tory Lanez for allegedly shooting her on December 13, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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“He kept the gun pointed at me,” she said, according to KABC, claiming he said “dans b —-” and fired his gun, injuring both her feet.

“I froze … I felt shocked,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if this happened. … I looked at the ground and saw the blood … everyone was shocked.”

Lanez, a popular rapper whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was initially charged with any felony in October 2020 for assault with a semi-automatic firearm (personal use of a firearm) and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle , according to charge documents obtained by ABC News. “Personal use of a firearm” is not a separate charge, but an increase in sentence tied to the first count that could increase Lanez’s possible sentence.

He was charged with an additional misdemeanor charge of firing a firearm with gross negligence earlier this month, the Los Angeles district attorney confirmed to ABC News.

Lanez, who chose not to take the witness stand during the trial, pleaded not guilty to all three charges. His lawyers argued at trial that their client was not the shooter.

This is an evolving story. Check back later for updates.

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