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In a preliminary hearing, a detective says that Tory Lanez made damning remarks as he pulled the trigger and shot rapper Megan Thee Stallion, leaving her injured.
The 29-year-old Canadian rapper — born Daystar Peterson — has vehemently denied allegations that he shot Megan Thee Stallion (whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete) at a 2020 party.
But during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Detective Ryan Stogner of the LAPD testified that Lanez yelled, “Dance b----h, dance,’ at his victim before he shot her, according to TMZ.
Stogner explained that the accused stood on a step board of the SUV in which they had been riding as he shot Megan Thee Stallion. The latter “immediately felt pain to her feet, observed blood, fell to the ground, and then crawled to an adjacent driveway of a residence,” TMZ reported.
Stogner also said under oath that Peterson begged his victim not to notify authorities about the shooting on account of his probation, offering her an undisclosed amount of money.
Peterson was later charged with felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying an unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors also played an audio recording from a phone call that Peterson made from jail, according to TMZ. During the call, made to a friend of his victim's who had been present at the July shooting, Peterson apologized for something he did because he was drunk.
Peterson allegedly shook his head with disgust during the 90-minute hearing and shouted at Stogner, according to a report from the LA Times.
“How about you tell me what I was apologizing for, bro?” Peterson yelled in court. “That don’t make no sense.”
It isn’t the first time Peterson has denied the allegations. In October 2020, Peterson went live on social media to issue a denial, explaining he still thought of his victim as a friend.
“It’s falsified information,” Peterson said during the livestream. “It’s false information, and it’s not accurate information.”
But despite Peterson's denials, in the early morning hours of July 12, 2020, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a Hollywood Hills party, as previously reported. Although Megan Thee Stallion initially claimed that she was injured by broken glass, she later told police what happened announced publicly that she had sustained a gunshot wound and underwent surgery to remove the bullet from her foot.
The rapper has said that she was still wearing her bathing suit following a pool party when she, Peterson and two others left a party near where she was shot, according to an interview with GQ Magazine. She claimed that Peterson shot her after she exited the SUV — a fact to which the LAPD Det. Stogner testified on Tuesday —though she did not get into the specifics about the dispute that preceded the shooting.
“Like, I never put my hands on nobody,” Megan Thee Stallion said in the interview. “I barely even said anything to the man who shot me when I was walking away. We were literally like five minutes away from the house.”
Citing the political climate and expressing fears of police brutality, the Grammy Award-winning artist claimed she had been afraid that the authorities would react poorly towards her or the other occupants in the vehicle if they discovered the weapon in the car in which she had been riding.
“Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own,” Peterson tweeted days after the shooting. “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.”
The judge in the case upheld the charges on Tuesday. The trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 13, 2022.
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