On August 8th, Tory Lanez received a 10-year prison sentence in connection with the 2020 shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion. This brings to a close a tumultuous three-year journey during which the case played out extensively on social media and in the courtroom.
The incident traces back to July 12, 2020, following a gathering at Kylie Jenner’s residence. Accounts suggest that a dispute unfolded within a Black SUV containing Megan Thee Stallion, Kelsey Harris, Tory Lanez (whose real name is Daystar Peterson), and his security personnel. After the Texan rapper exited the vehicle in the Hollywood Hills, the Canadian artist allegedly discharged a firearm, causing bullet fragments to injure Megan Thee Stallion’s feet.
Initially, prosecutors aimed for a 13-year prison term for Lanez. They criticized his alleged post-incident campaign of disseminating false information, which was intended to harm Megan Thee Stallion’s reputation. Conversely, the defense team for the musician behind “Jerry Sprunger” pursued probation and residential drug treatment, highlighting his struggle with alcoholism stemming from childhood trauma.
Significantly, Lanez consistently maintained his innocence, with his father even suggesting that Roc Nation, Megan Thee Stallion’s management, was involved in framing him. Megan Thee Stallion consistently refuted Lanez’s assertions, including the notion of romantic involvement between them. In a sincere testimony, she revealed her initial reluctance to come forward due to feelings of fear and embarrassment.
In December 2022, the jury rendered Lanez guilty on three charges: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and negligent discharge of a firearm.
Originally, the rapper’s sentencing was scheduled for January 2nd. However, the date was rescheduled to February 28th due to changes in his legal representation. The announcement was further delayed after Lanez sought a motion for a new trial.
Speaking in an interview with ELLE, Megan Thee Stallion shared, “I consider myself a survivor because I have truly triumphed over the unimaginable. Not only did I survive being shot by someone I had trusted and regarded as a close friend, but I also conquered the public disgrace of having my name and reputation tarnished by that individual for the entire world to witness.”