Canadian rapper Tory Lanez has been charged in the shooting of fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion during an argument in July, Los Angeles County prosecut0rs announced Thursday.
The Los Angeles County District attorney’s office didn’t name Megan Thee Stallion, 25, as the victim in the July 12 shooting, but Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete, accused Lanez in a live Instagram video following weeks of speculation.
“Yes, this n**** Tory shot me,” she said. “You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying.”
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Megan said she had been afraid to tell police she had been shot, fearing the incident would escalate.
Instead, Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was charged at the time with carrying a concealed weapon when police responded to a call about shots fired, and they said an unnamed woman was taken to the hospital with a foot injury.
In a statement, prosecutors said Lanez, 28, and the victim got into an argument while both were in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills. The victim got out of the vehicle, and Lanez allegedly fired several times at her feet, wounding her. He has been charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
“The defendant also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury,” prosecutors said.
His arraignment is scheduled for October 13. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 22 years, eight months in prison.
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[Featured image: Megan Thee Stallion in 2019. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)]