4 Things To Know About The Tory Lanez Felony Assault Case

The Canadian-born rapper faces felony assault charges related to the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.

Tory Lanez in concert wearing a black t-shirt and jeans. Megan Thee Stallion at the Oscars in a gray gown with a thigh high slit on one side.

Tory Lanez performs at Staples Center on October 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (l); Megan Thee Stallion attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California (r)

Photo by: Rich Fury via Getty Images (l); Mike Coppola via Getty Images (r)

Rich Fury via Getty Images (l); Mike Coppola via Getty Images (r)

Tory Lanez, the 29-year-old Canadian-born rapper, whose name is Daystar Peterson, faces felony assault charges related to allegedly shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot after a party in July 2020, according to Rolling Stone. If convicted on the assault charges, Lanez could face up to 22 years in prison. His next court appearance will be on April 5. Here are a few things to know about the ongoing case:

Lanez and Meg got into an argument leaving Kylie Jenner’s house, right before Lanez pulled the trigger.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper told GQ Magazine she initially didn’t want to be driven home by Lanez but it was late and she couldn’t find another ride home.

Things got heated and when she tried to get out of the car and walk away, that’s when Lanez started shooting, Meg alleged.

“Like, I never put my hands on nobody,” the rapper told the magazine. “I barely even said anything to the man who shot me when I was walking away. We were literally like five minutes away from the house.”

The Los Angeles County District Office said there is “substantial” evidence to support felony assault charges against Lanez.

Lanez has pleaded “not guilty” but In a statement acquired by HipHopDX, the office said they believed they can prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that he used a firearm and inflicted bodily injury.

“We believe the evidence substantially supports the charges and allegations and that evidence will be borne out in court,” the statement read.

If convicted for both the felony assault and possession of weapons charges and inflicting injury, Lanez could face up to 22 years in prison, according to Insider.

Meg initially didn’t report being shot by Lanez for fear of police brutality.

According to the L.A. Times, the ‘Savage’ rapper initially told police she had stepped on broken glass. She had been hesitant to report the shooting because the police might have used excessive force, Los Angeles Police Det. Ryan Stogner told the paper.

“She was afraid that there had been recent police shootings, and she described her concern for the police possibly shooting the defendant since he had just committed a shooting,” Stogner said.

In Megan’s own words: “This is like right in the middle of all the protesting. Police are just killing everybody for no reason.”

TMZ released footage of the two being stopped by the cops and Lanez’s arrest.

Meg has been calling out people on Twitter for posting false information or suggesting she may be lying about being shot.

While Lanez has maintained his innocence, Meg has faced consistent backlash as many question the validity or truthfulness of her account.

This prompted the rapper to share a photo of her gunshot wound, in a now-removed Instagram post, according to Buzzfeed.

In February, DJ Akademics tweeted that “Tory Lanez DNA WAS NOT found on the weapon in the Meg Thee Stallion case.” His tweet was deleted after Meg pointed out that trial hadn’t even started.

Still, some are convinced this didn’t happen. Twitter user EdenTheplanet tweeted:

“At this point Megan Thee Stallion is going to have to show us the bullet wound or something.”

Megan quickly replied, while urging people to believe survivors.

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