Canadian rapper Tory Lanez was found guilty in a Los Angeles court on Friday of shooting singer Megan Thee Stallion in the feet during an argument in 2020 after a drunken night out in Hollywood.
During the trial between the two ex-lovers, the American singer told in particular how the rapper opened fire on her and threw her: “Dance, bitch”. Tory Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, was notably found guilty of assault with a semi-automatic weapon and carrying an undeclared weapon.
The 30-year-old rapper, who pleaded not guilty but refused to testify at trial, was jailed immediately after the trial. His sentencing is due on January 27. In the United States, this affair served as a symbol of the treatment of women in the hip-hop world. It dates back to July 2020 and finds its origin in an argument between the two ex-lovers after a night out with Kylie Jenner.
The two stars returned from the evening by car, accompanied by a friend of Megan Thee Stallion, who had also fallen in love with the Canadian rapper. An argument then ensued.
In front of the jury, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who collaborated with Beyoncé and won three Grammy Awards in 2021, described her horror when her ex-boyfriend shot her in the feet. “I’m shocked. I’m scared. I hear the shots go off and I can’t believe he’s shooting at me,” explained the artist, Megan Pete using her real name.
A million dollars for his silence
To cover up the incident, Tory Lanez offered her “a million dollars” to shut up, she said. Shortly after the incident, the two stars’ car was stopped by the police. Transported to hospital, the singer initially claimed to have injured her feet with shards of glass.
In court, Meghan Thee Stallion blamed her reaction on mistrust of the police, just months after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed by law enforcement.
“At that time, we were at the height of police brutality,” she recalled. “I don’t feel safe in the car. I don’t feel safe with the police either. “In the black community, it’s not really acceptable to cooperate with the police,” she added to explain her mistrust. During the trial, the defense of Tory Lanez assured, that the singer was lying and that it was a “case of jealousy”.