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Rapper Tory Lanez Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez have been feuding for months over the alleged July incident.
The 28-year-old Canadian musician – born Daystar Peterson – has spent months publicly denying allegations that he shot at the “Savage” singer's during an argument in July.
“It’s falsified information. It’s false information and it’s not accurate information,” Peterson said in an Oct. 20 Instagram Live video.
Peterson was arrested in the wee hours of July 12 following reports of gunshots outside a pool party in the Hollywood Hills, TMZ reported. When officers pulled over his SUV and ordered everyone to exit, a woman in a bikini could be seen limping and leaving a trail of what appeared to be blood, as seen in footage obtained by the tabloid.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, posted on Instagram later that week that she’d been shot and underwent surgery that night to remove the bullet, NBC News reported
In an August Instagram post, she named Peterson as her attacker, GQ reports. Both Instagram posts have since been deleted.
Pete’s accusation sparked an online firestorm, with Peterson vehemently denying her allegation in the track “Money Over Fallouts.”
“Gotta see a couple questions, how the f--- you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons? How the f--- your team is tryna paint me as some whole menace?” Peterson rapped.
In a GQ cover story published earlier this week, Pete elaborated on her version of events.
She claimed that an argument had been brewing when she first got into the SUV with Peterson, and she tried to leave. But her phone was dead and she was wearing just a bikini, and her friends convinced her to come back in. The argument continued to escalate, however, and Pete tried to leave a second time. As she was trying to walk away, Peterson pulled out a gun and shot at her feet, she told GQ.
Pete claimed Peterson offered her money and begged her not to tell police, so she didn’t – at least, at first.
But tensions grew. On Oct. 8, Peterson was slapped with two felony charges: assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, the L.A. District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Two weeks later, Peterson posted an Instagram Live video protesting his innocence while saying he had no ill will toward Pete.
“I never want to come off like I’m here to bash this girl, or I’m here to talk down about this girl, or ever be at a place where I’m disrespecting her. Because to me, she’s still my friend, no matter what,” he said in the video.
Peterson is due back in court Jan. 20. If found guilty, he could face up to 22 years and 8 months in prison, according to the news release.