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Rap Artist Tory Lanez Charged For Allegedly Shooting Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, revealed last summer she was shot after leaving a party.
Rap artist Tory Lanez has been charged in connection with a shooting that left musical artist Megan Thee Stallion injured.
Megan Thee Stallion, 25, whose legal name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, revealed over the summer that she was shot on July 12 after leaving a party in the Hollywood Hills.
Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was charged on Thursday with “assaulting a female friend in the Hollywood Hills” on July 12, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a press release. He’s been charged with felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying an unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
The press release adds that “the defendant also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.”
Peterson is accused of getting into an argument with Pete while riding in an SUV.
“The victim exited the vehicle and Peterson is accused of shooting several times at her feet and wounding her,” the press release stated.
Peterson was arrested at the time on a charge of having a concealed weapon in a vehicle, the Los Angeles Police Department told NBC News. They did not comment on Pete’s claim of being shot at that time.
Peter later said in an Instagram Live video that she initially didn’t tell police that she was shot because she feared a police shooting, according to CBS News. In that video, she also reportedly said, "Yes, this n---- Tory shot me. You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying."
Pete posted on her Instagram account following the shooting that she felt “grateful to be alive.” Soon after, she put out another statement addressing trolls online who were making light of the incident.
“Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own,” she had tweeted. “It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.”
It’s not clear if Peterson has an attorney. An arraignment has been set for Tuesday. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months behind bars.