A grand jury in Los Angeles on Friday found rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three felonies in the 2020 shooting death of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion that left her with shrapnel wounds in her leg.
A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for a day before convicting the 30-year-old Canadian rapper, legal name Daystar Peterson, of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, with a loaded firearm. ammunition, unregistered in the vehicle and fired a gun with gross negligence.
The charges can lead to prison sentences of up to 22 years.
Lanez showed no apparent reaction when the verdict was read. He was handcuffed while in the courtroom.
She was subjected to a torrent of hate. For what? To come forward as a victim of domestic violence?Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified during the trial that Lanez fired a shotgun into the instep of her foot and yelled at her to jump as she stepped out of the SUV they were riding in. drove in the Hollywood Hills in 2014. Summer 2020.
She said the two had a particularly heated argument when she started insulting his music.
She needed surgery to remove the shrapnel from her leg.
The shooting sparked a storm of cultural issues and arguments that culminated in the trial, including the reluctance of black victims to talk to the police, protection of black women, politics. hip-hop and online toxicity.
In the final argument, prosecutors emphasized the courage it took for Megan to come forward and the harshness the 27-year-old faced because of it.
They say she has no incentive to tell anything but the truth.
“Why would she lie?” Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott said. She was subjected to a torrent of hate. For what? For coming forward as a victim of domestic violence?
Lanez’s attorney alleges in his final argument that the shots were actually fired by Kelsey Harris, Megan’s then-best friend during a jealous fight with Lanez, who tried to stop it. shooting incident.
The attorney, George Mgdesyan, argued that Megan created a more sympathetic narrative by pinning the shooting to Lanez.
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“Megan Pete is a liar. She lied about everything in this case from the beginning,” he said. “She was sworn in here.”
Harris denied being the shooter and had previously identified Lanez as the gunman.
Her attorney, in an email, declined to comment on her involvement.
Lanez started releasing mixtape in 2009 and the popularity has steadily increased, turning to major label albums. His last two songs reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was a huge rising star at the time of shooting, and her prominence has increased since then.
She won a Grammy for best new artist in 2021 and has a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song Savage, featuring Beyonce and a guest on Cardi B’s WAP.
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