Tory Lanez, the 22 year old Canadian rapper, has been accused of shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion and has also been charged with assault by Los Angeles prosecutors. He has been charged with one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the shooting took place after both of them got into an argument while riding in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills. After Megan exited the car, Tory allegedly shot several times aiming at Meghan’s feet and eventually wounding her.
The hearing of the case will be taking place on the 13th of October and prosecutors have reported that he might face a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in prison if convicted of the said crime.
Lanez had been arrested on the night of the shooting but was released after posting bail. Prosecutors have been recommending that his bail be set at a $1.1m at his arraignment.
Meghan has been declining to name Lanez as the person who shot her in all her social media posts and videos referring to the subject for more than a month. But on 20th of August she finally said in an Instagram video, “Yes … Tory shot me.” She also urged him to “stop lying” about the incident.
She has discussed about the shooting in several often emotional Instagram videos, calling it “super scary” and “the worst experience of my life”.
She declined to tell the police the night of the incident that she had been shot, and initial reports were only that a woman had foot injuries as a result of broken glass. She has said that she was too frightened over the entire situation and was scared that it would have escalated if she revealed to the police that there had been gunfire.
Lanez has not spoken publicly about the incident. Though, on the 24th of September, he suggested on social media that he would fnally break his silence that evening, but that announcement turned out to be a teaser for the release of his fifth studio album, Daystar and no such comments about the incident from Lanez has been made yet.