On September 14th, Judge David V. Herriford delivered a significant blow to Tory Lanez legal battle by denying his request for bail. Lanez, known for his hit “Hurts Me,” must now continue his appeal against his felony conviction behind bars, stemming from the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
According to Rolling Stone, the court’s decision to deny bail was based on three primary factors. First, the severity of the violent crime in question. Second, Lanez’s documented history of disregarding court orders. Lastly, the inherent risk of deportation he faced as a non-U.S. citizen.
Tory Lanez’s newly appointed attorney, Crystal A. Morgan, argued that her client had strong ties to the U.S., pointing to his child and spouse residing in Los Angeles. She emphasized Lanez’s unwavering commitment to fulfilling his legal obligations and highlighted his impeccable record of attending court hearings during previous bail periods. Morgan also noted the absence of any violations related to his ankle monitor while under house arrest.
“I think these are all very strong ties to the community,” she shared. In a previous appeal filed last month, the defense argued Lanez’s non-threatening nature toward the public. They described the shooting as an “isolated incident where he was intoxicated.”
In May, Megan Thee Stallion opened up to Elle about her journey to healing following the traumatic incident. She shared:
“As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor because I have truly survived the unimaginable. Not only did I survive being shot by someone I trusted and considered a close friend, but I overcame the public humiliation of having my name and reputation dragged through the mud by that individual for the entire world to see.”
In a more positive turn of events, Megan Thee Stallion seems to be finding her creative stride again. On September 8th, she collaborated with former partner Cardi B for the release of “Bongos,” marking her first music release of 2023.