Megan Thee Stallion shooting trial Tory Lanez was found guilty.
Rapper Tory Lanez was convicted of three crimes by a Los Angeles jury for shooting hip-hop icon Megan Thee Stallion in 2020, leaving her with bullet fragments in her feet.
The 30-year-old Canadian rapper, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was found guilty of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm in a moving vehicle, and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence by the jury of seven women and five men after deliberating for a day.
The aggravating circumstances of the attack were also acknowledged by the jury, which means Peterson may be sentenced to up to 22 years in jail and deportation on January 25.
Peterson, who was carried to jail while being escorted in handcuffs and wearing a powder pink coat and matching slacks, did not react visibly when the verdict was announced.
But shortly after the jury was led away, Sonstar Peterson, the boy’s father, leaped to his feet and yelled, “This wicked system stands judged before God almighty.”
Then, pointing at the two attorneys involved in the case, he shouted: “You two are horrible, evil people. You are well aware of what you did.”
Deputies dragged him out of the courtroom, where he was shouting in the hallway, with great effort.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, testified at the trial that Peterson yelled at her to dance as she walked away from an SUV in which they had been travelling in the Hollywood Hills in the summer of 2020 and discharged a revolver at the back of her feet.
She claimed that once she started disparaging his music, their argument became very heated.
To remove bullet fragments from her feet, she required surgery.
The incident sparked a storm of cultural debates that erupted during the trial, including those involving black victims’ reluctance to speak with police, black women’s safety, hip-gender hop’s politics, and internet toxicity.
Prosecutors emphasised during closing arguments the courage it took for Ms. Pete to come out and the abuse the 27-year-old has received for it.
She supposedly had no reason to lie, according to those who said this.
“What makes her lie?” Alexander Bott, a deputy district attorney, said.
“She has experienced a constant barrage of hatred. what reason? for reporting being a victim of domestic abuse?”
In his closing remarks, Peterson’s attorney claimed that Ms. Pete’s then-best friend Kelsey Harris actually fired the shots during a jealous quarrel over Peterson, who intervened to halt the shooting.
George Mgdesyan, the attorney, said that by blaming Peterson for the shooting, Ms. Pete constructed a more sympathetic narrative.
“The liar is Megan Pete. From the outset of this lawsuit, she lied about everything “said Mr. Mgdesyan.
“She lied here while sworn in.”
Ms. Harris, who had previously named Peterson as the gunman, denied being the shooter. Her lawyer declined to comment on her role in an email.
Peterson started putting out mixtapes in 2009, and as his success grew, he transitioned to releasing albums on major labels. His most recent two songs made the top 10 of the Billboard charts.
At the time of the shooting, Megan Thee Stallion was already a significant emerging star, and since then, her notoriety has increased.
In addition to having number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song Savage, which features Beyoncé, and as a guest on Cardi B’s WAP, she was awarded the Grammy for best new artist in 2021.