Canadian rapper Tory Lanez found guilty of shooting that injured Megan Thee Stallion | CBC News

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A Los Angeles jury found Canadian rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three felony counts Friday in the 2020 shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion that left her with bullet fragments in her feet.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for a day before convicting the 30-year-old rapper from Brampton, Ontario, of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having an unregistered loaded firearm in a vehicle, and firing a weapon. fire with gross negligence. . The charges could lead to up to 22 years in prison.

Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, showed no visible reaction when the verdict was read. He was handcuffed while in the courtroom.

After the jury left the courtroom, Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, jumped up and started screaming. “This wicked system stands on trial before Almighty God!” he yelled, as the officers closed in on him.

He then pointed at the two prosecutors on the case and yelled, “You two are evil, wicked people. You know exactly what you did.”

The officers took him out of the courtroom, where he continued to yell in the hallway.

Members of the media and the public were forced to remain in the courtroom for a few minutes after the hearing while the hallway was cleared.

Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified during the trial that Lanez fired a pistol into the back of her feet and yelled at her to dance as she walked away from a van the couple had been riding in in the Hollywood Hills. in the summer of 2020. She said the two had had a feud that escalated when she started insulting her music.

He needed surgery to remove bullet fragments from his feet.

Hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion performs at the Reading Music Festival in England on August 26. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/The Associated Press)

“The jury was right,” said Megan’s attorney, Alex Spiro. “I am grateful that there is justice for Meg.”

Lawyers for Lanez could not be reached for comment outside of court. Emails to them and prosecutors seeking reaction to the verdict were not immediately returned.

The shooting set off a storm of cultural issues and arguments that peaked during the trial, including the reluctance of black victims to speak to police, the protection of black women, gender politics in hip-hop, and the online toxicity.

‘Why would I lie?’

In closing arguments, prosecutors emphasized the courage it took for Megan to come forward and the virulence the 27-year-old faced because of it. They said that she had no incentive to tell anything but the truth.

“Why would she lie?” Said Assistant District Attorney Alexander Bott. “She’s been the subject of a stream of hate. Why? For her coming forward as a victim of domestic violence?”

Lanez’s attorney alleged in his closing argument that the shots were actually fired by Megan’s then best friend, Kelsey Harris, in a jealous rage over Lanez, who tried to stop the shooting. The lawyer, George Mgdesyan, argued that Megan created a more sympathetic narrative by blaming Lanez for the shooting.

“Megan Pete is a liar. She lied about everything in this case from the start,” Mgdesyan said. “She lied under oath here.”

Harris denied being the shooter and previously identified Lanez as the one holding the gun. His attorney, in an email, declined to comment on his involvement.

Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and saw a steady rise in popularity, moving on to major label albums. The last two of his reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

Megan Thee Stallion was already a huge rising star at the time of the shooting, and her prominence has increased ever since. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song. Wildwith Beyonce, and as a guest at Cardi B’s WAP.

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