‘I can’t believe I have to do this’: Megan Thee Stallion takes on Tory Lanez in shooting trial

Megan Thee Stallion took the stand on Tuesday (December 13) in a Los Angeles courtroom and told jurors that rapper Tory Lanez fired five shots at her feet, yelled at her to dance and injured her when she tried to in walking away from him in the Hollywood Hills more than two years ago.

“I’m in shock. I’m scared,” the Grammy-winning hip-hop superstar testified Tuesday The Los Angeles Times. “I hear the gun go off and I can’t believe he’s shooting at me.”

Her testimony came on the second day of the trial of Canadian rapper Lanez, 30, who has pleaded not guilty to counts of negligently discharging a firearm, assaulting with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

With supporters gathered both outside the courthouse and in the courtroom corridor, Megan entered the courtroom late Tuesday morning wearing a heavy security purple suit.

“I just don’t feel good,” Megan, 27, said at the start of questioning by Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ta. “I can’t believe I have to come in here and do this.”

She said she left a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills home on July 12, 2020 in an SUV with Lanez, his bodyguard, and her friend Kelsey Harris.

Megan said she and Lanez became close, bonded over the loss of their mothers and occasionally had a sexual relationship. Her friend Harris, who had a “crush” on Lanez, tried to stir up trouble between the women by telling Megan she had to stop lying to her friend.

The argument spiraled out of control and got even more heated when she and Lanez started ruining each other’s music and careers, Megan said.

“I feel like that really rubbed him in the wrong direction,” she said. “He kept screaming and cursing.”

She was wearing a bikini but got out of the vehicle and was trying to walk away when Lanez leaned out and opened fire, she said, leaving the backs of her feet injured. At one point he yelled “Dance, b****!” she testified.

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“I looked at my feet and I saw all the blood,” she said. “Now everyone is screaming. He looked shocked. Kelsey looked shocked.”

Lanez’s lawyer, George Mgdesyan, said in his opening statement that her injury showed she could not have seen the gunman behind her and that he would provide further evidence at trial that contradicted her story.

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Lanez, sitting at the defense table in a brown suit and turtleneck, took notes as she spoke.

He came into court holding his young son’s hand. He carried the boy out of the courthouse at lunchtime and at the end of the day.

“That’s my support system and I’m his, too,” he told reporters.

Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, could face more than 22 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He could also be deported to his native Canada.

Lanez has had a successful streak of mixtapes and major label records since the beginning of his career in 2009, with his last two albums reaching the top 10 on the Billboard chart.

Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, was already a huge rising star at the time of the incident and her career has skyrocketed since then. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for her own song “Savage” with Beyoncé and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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