Friday, January 27, 2023

US jury finds rapper Tory Lanez guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion

A United States jury found rapper Tory Lanez guilty this Friday of three counts related to the 2020 armed assault on singer Megan Thee Stallion.

During the second day of deliberations, jurors found the 30-year-old Canadian rapper, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, guilty of shooting the “Savage” singer after yelling “dancing bitch” at her feet.

Lenz, who has pleaded not guilty, has been charged with assault with a semi-automatic weapon, grossly negligent discharge of a weapon and carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle without registration.

Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Peet, claims she was in a vehicle with Lanez, her bodyguard and her friend Kelsey Harris after a party at Kylie Jenner’s home in Hollywood early on July 12, 2020.

The singer may have made a comment about Lenz that sparked the discussion. The rapper immediately fired, injuring his leg.

The 27-year-old actor said she saw him pointing and shooting at her.

“I’m in a state of shock. I’m scared. I heard the shot and I can’t believe it, he’s shooting at me,” she said in court at the time.

“I didn’t know he had a gun that night.”

The woman, bleeding, in pain and wearing only a thong, agreed to return to the vehicle. “He apologised” and, according to her, offered her a million dollars for her silence.

Police stopped the car shortly afterwards and the artist was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for injuries he initially attributed to broken glass.

Lenz’s attorney, George Magadesyan, disputed the claims, saying that the investigation had been malpracticed and that the police had reached conclusions.

The “WAP” interpreter has said that he and Lenz were close before the attack and had occasional sex.

Magadesyan claimed at trial that the person who fired at Megan Thee Stallion was her former assistant, Kelsey Harris, who was apparently unaware of the intimacy between the two musicians and allegedly fired in a fit of jealousy.

But prosecutors disputed that in that scenario it would have been easier for Megan Thee Stallion to charge Harris than the rapper.

Prosecutor Cathy Ta said, “The defendant’s ego was bruised because Megan was more successful than him.”

“He disrespected his rap. He has a huge ego and can’t stand disrespect. The defendant shot Megan,” Ta said in his closing argument.

According to local media, Lenz did not react when the verdict was read and was immediately taken into custody.

Sentencing for the singer is set for January 27.

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