LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — In a courtroom that turned chaotic at the end of a tense trial, a Los Angeles jury found rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three felonies for shooting star Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.
As a result of that attack, the hip-hop singer was shot in a leg and Lenz now faces more than 20 years in prison.
Lenz, who was handcuffed to be transferred to the prison, wore a pink coat matching his pants, and showed no reaction during the reading of the verdict on Friday.
However, moments after the jury was led out, the defendant’s father, Sonstar Peterson, rose to his feet and shouted, “This evil system is being judged by Almighty God.” The agents there immediately went to him.
The father pointed to the two accusers and shouted at them: “You are vile and vicious people. You know exactly what you’ve done.”
Officials struggled with Peterson to remove him from the courtroom as he continued to scream in the hallway.
A jury of seven women and five men that began deliberations on Thursday found the 30-year-old Canadian rapper, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, guilty of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and lack of vehicle registration. is guilty. , and Discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
Jurors also agreed that there were aggravating elements to the assault, meaning Lenz could face up to 22 years in prison and deportation when he is sentenced on 25 January.
Three young children, including Lenz’s son, sat in the front row of the courtroom as the verdict was read.
A little girl cried and was embraced by Lenz’s stepmother, who had tears in her eyes and screamed with her husband.
Others in the audience agreed, and one woman shouted “We love you, Tory” as the artist was led away.
Supporters of Megan and Lenz remained outside the courtroom for most of the eight days of the trial, jamming the courtroom and hallway.
Despite the tension, the place remained mostly calm till the verdict was read out.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, testified during the trial that Lanez pointed a gun behind her legs and yelled at her to dance as she was getting out of an SUV in which the two were driving through the Hollywood Hills. were driving during the summer of 2020.
Megan said the two had an argument that turned heated when she started insulting his music. He underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments from his leg.
Lenz began releasing tapes in 2009 and as his popularity grew he moved on to major label albums. His most recent two have been in the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was already a rising star when this incident occurred and has grown in prominence since then. She won a Grammy for Best Artist in 2021 and had a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her self-titled song “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, and was a guest on Cardi B’s “Wap.”
Associated Press reporter Andrew Dalton is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton