Megan Thee Stallion took the stand in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday and told jurors that rapper Tory Lanez fired five shots at her feet, yelled at her to dance and wounded her as she tried to walk away from him in the Hollywood Hills more than two years. behind.
“I’m in shock. I’m scared,” the Grammy-winning hip-hop superstar testified Tuesday, according to The Los Angeles Times. “I heard the gun go off and I can’t believe it’s shooting at me.”
His testimony came on the second day of the trial of Canadian rapper Lanez, 30, who pleaded not guilty to grossly negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying an unregistered loaded firearm in a vehicle.
With supporters gathering both outside the courthouse and in the courtroom hallway, Megan walked into the courtroom wearing a purple suit under heavy security Tuesday morning.
“I just don’t feel right,” Megan, 27, said at the start of questioning by Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ta. “I can’t believe I have to come here and do this.”
He said that on July 12, 2020, he left a party at Kylie Jenner’s house in the Hollywood Hills in an SUV with Lanez, her bodyguard and her friend Kelsey Harris.
Megan said that she and Lanez had become close, bonding over the loss of their mothers and had an occasional sexual relationship. Her friend Harris of hers, who had a “crush” on Lanez, tried to stir up trouble between the women by telling Megan that she had to stop lying to her friend.
The argument got out of hand and became even more heated when she and Lanez began trashing each other’s music and careers, Megan said.
“I feel like that really bothered him,” she said. “He kept yelling and cursing.”
She was wearing a bikini but got out of the vehicle and tried to drive away when Lanez leaned out and opened fire, she said, leaving wounds on the back of her feet. At one point, she yelled “Dance, bitch!” she testified.
“I looked at my feet and saw all the blood,” he said. “Now everyone is screaming. He seemed surprised. Kelsey seemed surprised.”
that within about five minutes of the shooting, a friend who was with Megan Thee Stallion texted one of the rapper’s security guards, “Help,” “Tory shot Meg,” and “911,” she said the prosecutor, and police later found the gun still warm to the touch on the floor near where Lanez had sat, according to the prosecutor.
She said Lanez began apologizing after the shooting, the station reported.
She testified that Lanez offered her $1 million to keep quiet and that he said he couldn’t go to jail because he was already on probation, the latter of which defense attorney George Mgdesyan told jurors Monday that he simply was not the case, the station reported. .
Mgdesyan said in her opening statement that her injury showed she could not have clearly seen the shooter behind her, and that she would present more evidence to contradict her story at trial.
Lanez, seated at the defense table in a tan suit and turtleneck, took notes as she spoke.
He came to court hand in hand with his young son. She took the boy out of the courthouse at lunchtime and at the end of the day.
“This is my support system and I am yours too,” he told reporters.
Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, could face up to 22 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He too could be deported to his native Canada.
Lanez has had a successful streak of mixtapes and major label records since he began his career in 2009, with his last two albums reaching the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion, legally known as Megan Pete, was already a big up-and-coming star at the time of the incident, and her career has skyrocketed ever since. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song “Savage” featuring Beyoncé and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.”