Megan Thee Stallion felt "suicidal" after alleged Tory Lanez shooting, court hears
If convicted of felony charges including assault with a firearm, the Canadian musician could face over 22 years in prison
Megan Thee Stallion has testified in court against Tory Lanez, alleging that the Canadian musician shot her following a party at Kylie Jenner’s house in July 2020.
The 27-year-old Houston-born rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, described how the shooting has left her with chronic pain in her feet – where she was allegedly shot – and that reliving the experience in the public eye was “torture”, according to Los Angeles Times reporting.
She spoke about how the incident had left her "depressed and suicidal," as well as expressing her regret over coming forward and speaking about the event in the first place.
Pete said: “I wish he would’ve just shot me and killed me if I knew I was going to have to go through this torture.”
Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, has been charged with multiple gun and assault charges, including assault with a firearm and illegal weapons possession. He denies all of the charges.
If found guilty, Peterson could face more than 22 years in prison.
The alleged shooting happened after Pete and Peterson were driving away from a party with the ‘W.A.P.’ rapper’s longtime (but now estranged) friend Kelsey Harris and Peterson’s bodyguard.
Pete testified that Peterson had told Pete that she needed to “stop lying” about the pair having sexual relations to Harris, who reportedly had a “crush” on Peterson.
As the argument escalated, Peterson supposedly called both women “bitches and hos”.
Pete testified that it was then she exited the car, and Peterson opened fire at her feet, and shouted: “Dance, bitch!”
“I’m in shock. I’m scared. I hear the gun going off, and I can’t believe he’s shooting at me,” Pete said. It was at this point she supposedly re-entered the car, covered her feet and the group drove off, only to be pulled over by police minutes later.
Pete said that she did not feel comfortable talking to the police, given the global breakout of Black Lives Matter protests against police violence, following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“At the time, we are at the height of police brutality,” she said. “I felt like if I said: ‘This man just shot me,’ they might shoot first and ask questions later.”
The rapper was also cross examined by Peterson’s defence lawyer, George Mgdesyan, who objected on several occasions to Pete’s recounting of the events, and suggested instead that the argument in the car was mainly between Pete and Harris, rather than Peterson according to Guardian reporting.
Mgdesyan also accused Pete of lying to authorities, when previously she said that her and Peterson had not had sexual relations, before suggesting that they had during the testimony.
“How could I share my body with someone who would shoot me?” Pete responded to the accusation.
“I didn’t want it to be a big mess like it is now,” she told Mgdesyan.
The trial continues.
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