Megan Thee Stallion Shooting: Tory Lanez Found Guilty

During her testimony on Dec. 13, the 27-year-old Grammy winner, whose full name is Megan Pete, said Lanez was halfway out of the car when he yelled, “Dance, bitch!” When she looked back, she saw him holding a gun and opening fire, she said.

On the witness stand, Megan broke down as she shared the toll the shooting and trial have taken on her. She described seeing cruel and hateful messages about her online daily, including some who said she deserved to be shot, and she added that the backlash had damaged her reputation in the music industry.

“I can’t even be happy,” Megan said. “I wish he had shot and killed me if I knew I had to go through this torture.”

In 2020, Megan initially told police officers that she cut her feet on broken glass, later explaining that she was too scared in the moment to be honest about how she sustained the injuries. Months later, Lanez accused Megan in a new album of “trying to frame” him, denying all allegations in several songs.

Defense attorneys for Lanez focused on the lie Megan told at the crime scene, questioning the credibility of her testimony and other statements. They also challenged the logistics of the alleged shooting, including how Lanez could fire a gun at her if he was still inside the car.

Lanez’s lawyers also tried to push a narrative that someone else had shot Megan. Another woman in the car that night, Kelsey Nicole, tested positive for gunshot residue, the chemicals released when a gun is fired, as did Lanez. They suggested that Megan was motivated to lie about what happened the night of the shooting because she and Nicole, then her personal assistant and friend, had both had sexual relations with Lanez, which Megan has denied.

Nicole told prosecutors in September that she saw Lanez leaning over the door of the SUV as shots were fired and said, “He’s shooting over the door, right front passenger side,” according to the Los Angeles Times. But while testifying on Dec. 16, Nicole said she had no idea who shot Megan and couldn’t remember if Lanez had offered her money to keep quiet. She described most of the details of that night as a blur.

Megan has said that she and Nicole no longer speak to each other after the shooting.

Lanez refused to testify in his own defense Wednesday, according to Rolling Stone, after prosecutors said they had a trove of evidence against the rapper.

As the trial began, several dozen people rallied to support Megan in front of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles, some holding signs that said, “We Stand With Megan.” Supporters of Lanez also protested outside the courthouse that he was wrongly charged.

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