Tory Lanez verbally insulted reporter Meghann Cuniff following his recent trial. Cuniff, who covers legal trials and affairs, took to Twitter to share the incident, stating that Lanez used his final courtroom moments to insult her.
It has been reported that Tory Lanez, whose appeal for bond was denied on September 14, 2023, insulted a well-known reporter. After Lanez was denied appeal, he verbally insulted reporter Meghann Cuniff on his way out of court.
Cuniff took to Twitter to recall that moment after the decision hearing. She claims Lanez called her “a googly-eyed bitch” while looking at the gallery. Meghann took to Twitter to say:
“I didn’t hear it and I’m still working to see if transcript has it, but l’ve confirmed Tory Lanez chose to use his final courtroom moments to profanely insult me, calling me “a googly eyed bitch” as he looked at gallery. Conflicting reports on whether he named me. A fitting end.” She then continued, saying, “Sadly, Lanez made his remarks after court adjourned, so the court reporter doesn’t have them in transcript. But they were heard by several people, including sheriff’s deputies. I’ll be live at noon PST to discuss the hearing and what happens now.”
Lanez has been taken back into custody following the trial, where he will serve his 10-year sentence.
Updated By: Kynedei Iman Hobbs (9/15/23 at 5:25 pm)
Tory Lanez has hit another roadblock in his legal battle. After months of rescheduling and waiting for his sentencing, Lanez finally received a sentence of 10 years in August 2023. However, his attempt to appeal the sentence and secure bail has been denied.
On September 14, Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, has been denied bail. Lanez had been awaiting his sentencing for months when he finally received a 10-year sentence in August 2023. However, he immediately appealed the decision and requested to be released on bail while awaiting the outcome of his appeal.
Lanez’s attorneys had motioned for his bail earlier in September, seeking his release as he awaited the decision on his appeal. They also pleaded for leniency from Judge David Herriford, emphasizing Lanez’s desire to be present in his son’s life. Unfortunately for Lanez, his “history of violating court orders” according to Judge Herriford, played a significant role in the decision to deny bail.
In the hearing, Meghann Cuniff, a legal trials and affairs reporter who covered the proceedings, took to Twitter to recount the moments leading up to the final decision. She cited:
“Tory Lanez is officially headed to prison. ‘The motion will be denied and proceedings concluded. Thank you,’ Judge Herriford said. Lanez grinned at his supporters, including his father and friends from the Unite the People legal services group, before being led out.”
This latest denial comes shortly after Lanez was denied probation prior to his sentencing in August. His attorneys had argued that Lanez suffered from addiction to alcohol and drugs, suggesting a rehabilitation center as an alternative to imprisonment. However, the court did not grant their request.
With his appeal now denied and his bail motion rejected, Tory Lanez finds himself facing a substantial prison sentence. The exact details surrounding his charges and the events leading up to his conviction have been widely discussed and debated in the media.
In other related news, a new documentary titled Megan Thee Stallion vs. Tory Lanez: Five Shots has been released on HBO Max, delving into the highly publicized case involving Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez.
Featuring interviews with attorneys, journalists, and key individuals involved, Megan Thee Stallion vs. Tory Lanez: Five Shots comprehensively analyzes the events leading up to Lanez’s indictment and 10-year sentence.
Updated By: Kynedei Iman Hobbs (9/14/23 at 4:40 pm)
Tory Lanez, the Canadian rapper who has been embroiled in a legal battle over the 2020 shooting involving Megan The Stallion, turned down a possible shorter sentencing before being sentenced to 10 years in prison. This shocking turn of events has left many wondering about Lanez’s decision and its consequences.
According to reports, Tory Lanez opted to reject the 4-year plea deal and instead proceed with the trial. Unfortunately for him, this decision proved to be detrimental, as it ultimately resulted in a longer sentence than what the initial deal would have offered.
It is unclear what prompted Lanez to decline the plea deal, but it is possible that he believed he had a strong case to defend. Before his arrest, Lanez seemed confident in his chances of success. In a tweet, he wrote:
“I’m going to leave this here one more time…and watch how it ages. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER…AND EVERY TONGUE THAT RISES AGAINST ME IN JUDGMENT SHALL BE CONDEMNED u sit and watch now.”
In other news related to Lanez, it has recently been revealed that he secretly married while incarcerated. Lanez married his son’s mother, Raina Chassagne, despite his ongoing legal troubles in a private ceremony.
Details about the wedding remain scarce, but it appears that Lanez found some solace and companionship amidst the turmoil.
Updated By: Kynedei Iman Hobbs (9/8/23 at 5:10 pm)
Tory Lanez is set to appeal his 10-year sentence for the 2020 shooting of fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion. The motion to appeal was presented by Jose Baez, Lanez’s attorney, who previously faced backlash for the delayed process of filing appeals.
Tory Lanez, convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, is scheduled to return to the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, to appeal his sentence. The motion to appeal was presented by Lanez’s attorney Jose Baez, who faced harsh criticism for the delayed process of filing appeals.
Baez, who was on vacation in Italy at the time, agreed to assist in the appeal process upon his return. However, this led to criticism, with Legal Affairs and Trials Reporter Meghann Cuniff highlighting the delay in filing a motion to bail Lanez out of jail during the appeals process. On Twitter, Cuniff stated:
“2+ weeks since Tory Lanez’s lawyer Jose Baez said he’d file a motion to bail Lanez out of jail as he appeals his convictions and 10-year prison sentence. No motion has been filed, and I’m not sure how much of a priority it is for Baez: He’s posting Instagram stories from Italy.”
In response to the criticism, Baez addressed the allegations of negligence, suggesting that Cuniff may have been biased against Lanez. According to American Songwriter, he explained in a since-deleted Instagram story:
“It has been brought to my attention that a blogger has claimed that Tory Lanez is not a priority because I’m allegedly in Italy…This blogger has had a clear bias against Tory and has attacked everyone associated with him as well as made numerous inaccurate assumptions.”
As of now, it remains uncertain whether Lanez will succeed in reducing his sentence through the appeal. However, there have been reports indicating that Lanez is seeking bail while the appeal is ongoing.
Lanez’s chances of having his 10-year sentence reduced are uncertain at this time. However, it has been reported that he is seeking bail through his appeal process. The upcoming court date will provide more clarity on the progress of his appeal. This is an ongoing story that will continue to be updated.
Updated by Kynedei Hobbs on August 31st.
Tory Lanez is facing a difficult time at the LA County Jail, where he is currently serving a 10-year sentence for the 2020 shooting incident involving Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion. According to law enforcement officials at the jail, Lanez is being withheld from the general population and placed in the administrative segregation unit.
After being served a 10-year sentence, Tory Lanez’s daily routine consists of being allowed out of his cell for two hours daily, during which he is kept alone. He is also permitted three hours a week of fresh air during recreation time. Jail staff are required to check on him every 30 minutes, just as they do with other administrative segregation inmates.
Lanez is also being withheld from the general population and placed in the administrative segregation unit. This unit is specifically designed for inmates who cannot be housed with others.
The strict protocol will continue until Lanez is transferred to prison in September 2023. In a message to his fans and supporters, affectionately known as “Umbrellas,” Lanez expressed his acceptance of the current conditions, acknowledging that this is how his life has to be for now.
However, neither Lanez, his representatives, nor police officials have provided any statements regarding his current situation.
Updated By: Kyedei Iman Hobbs (8/15/23 at 4:34 pm)
Tory Lanez was sentenced to 10 years minus 305 days for the shooting of rapper Megan Thee Stallion. Prosecutors had requested a 13-year sentence, highlighting Lanez’s lack of remorse.
However, Lanez maintains his innocence and argues that he needs therapy rather than prison due to his traumatic childhood and alcoholism. Judge Herriford received over 70 letters of support for Lanez, including one from Iggy Azalea, who urged for a “transformative” sentence instead of a “life-destroying one.”
The sentencing of Tory Lanez to 10 years minus time served has sparked controversy in the music industry. Many artists have voiced their opinions on social media, both in support of Lanez and in defense of Megan Thee Stallion.
While Lanez continues to maintain his innocence, the evidence presented during the trial convinced the jury otherwise. The lasting impact on Megan Thee Stallion’s career and personal life was a key factor in the sentencing decision. Megan Pete cited in interviews how the incident not only left her physically injured but also greatly affected her mental and emotional well-being. The verdict brings some closure to the case, but the trauma and consequences will be long-lasting for both parties involved.
The sentencing decision has also raised important discussions about the criminal justice system and rehabilitation. Lanez’s lawyers argued for probation, emphasizing his traumatic childhood and alcoholism as factors that influenced his actions. They believe that therapy and counseling would be more beneficial for him than incarceration. However, prosecutors argued for a stricter punishment, citing the need for accountability and the severity of the crime committed.
Updated by Yasmine Duhé on August 8th, 2023
Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, will finally face his sentencing on Monday, August 7th, according to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford. The judgment day, which was initially scheduled for June but delayed for additional defense preparation time, holds high stakes for the embattled rapper’s future.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford has set the sentencing date for rapper Tory Lanez in the case of The People Vs. Daystar Peterson. The rapper will be sentenced on Monday, August 7th at 10:30 am on the 9th floor of the Clara Shortridge Schultz Criminal Justice Center. This announcement comes after a delay in the sentencing process to allow the defense more preparation time.
During the sentencing, the courtroom and its surroundings will be strictly off-limits to any cameras or recording devices. The high-profile nature of the case is expected to attract a considerable turnout, consisting of Lanez’s supporters, family members, and members of the media interested in the rapper’s fate.
Lanez is facing the possibility of a prison term of up to 13 years.
The sentencing date announcement brings both a sense of relief and anxiety for Lanez. Supporters hope for a more favorable outcome, while the prosecution seeks justice for the alleged crimes committed by the rapper against Megan Thee Stallion.
Updated by SOHH Squad on August 1st, 2023.
Tory Lanez faced a setback in his legal battle as a Los Angeles judge denied lawyer Ronda Renee Dixon’s request to join his case. Dixon alleged that Lanez’s current legal representation, namely Matthew Barhoma, was taking advantage of the Canadian rapper and not acting in his best interests.
Ronda Renee Dixon said Lanez’s attorneys had made decisions on his behalf without consulting him. Dixon stated, “These guys are just taking advantage of [Lanez]. They’ve had him sign powers of attorneys. They’re acting on his behalf… They’re not really asking him what he wants.”
In Dixon’s motion to the Judge, she asserted Lanez’s 6th Amendment right to counsel. Dixon argued that Judge Herriford should allow her to join the case.
In a written statement, she stated, “Because Mr. Peterson has viable, meritorious post-conviction litigation, this court should award bail.”
She adds, “The unconstitutional nature of his confinement provides ample justification. Peterson’s conviction is not punishable by death. Because he will apply for probation, file an appeal, and pursue additional post-conviction remedies, this court should grant him bail within the court’s discretion.”
She later mentions Lanez’s desire for her to work alongside his current lawyer, Jose Baez, but noted their personal conflicts whereby she states, “me and him have some serious issues, because he won’t talk to me.”
Dixon also highlighted the alleged mistreatment Lanez faced while imprisoned due to his celebrity status. She stated, “Merely because he is well known, the Sheriff has decided that Mr. Peterson is of such great threat that he must be confined in the same manner as those convicted of serial rape charges and murder.”
In a brief exchange between legal journalist Meghann Cuniff and Dixon, Dixon revealed a troubling conversation that took place between herself and Lanez whereby Lanez expressed a desire to go to state prison. Lanez told her, “I want to go to state prison.” Dixon responded, “You want to go to state prison? Why?”
Lanez responded, “At least I’ll be able to go out in the yard and talk to people.” Dixon admitted to feeling upset by Lanez’s statement, firmly stating, “I don’t think he’s guilty.”
Despite Dixon’s efforts, the judge substituted Lanez’s lawyer with another attorney, Orange County representative Ed Welbourn, leaving Lanez awaiting his third sentencing hearing, scheduled for August 7th.
Although the final verdict has not been made regarding the case, Tory Lanez faces potential deportation to Canada and a lengthy prison sentence of 22 years and eight months if found guilty of shooting Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
Updated by Nashwa Rockingster on July 13th, 2023.
Tory Lanez is set to face a new sentencing hearing involving the shooting of fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion. The court has granted the defense’s request to delay the hearing, where the postponement allows Lanez and his legal team more time to prepare for the upcoming sentencing, marking a significant chapter in the high-profile legal battle stemming from the 2020 shooting incident.
The shooting incident between Lanez and Megan took place in 2020 and has been a matter of public attention ever since. The Houston rapper testified that Lanez shot at her following a heated dispute between the two artists. After previous court proceedings, Lanez’s sentencing hearing has been rescheduled to August 7th.
The decision to delay the hearing was made by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford, who acknowledged the defense’s request for more preparation time.
Lanez’s legal team had recently sought to disqualify Judge Herriford, alleging favoritism towards the prosecution. However, their request was denied, leaving Lanez to face the judge during the upcoming hearing. The delay in the sentencing process allows Lanez and his defense to gather further evidence and strengthen their case.
Updated by Dorian Waller on June 14th, 2023
Tory Lanez faces the possibility of a 13-year prison sentence as prosecutors urge the judge to deliver a punishment that reflects the severity of his actions. Lanez was convicted last year for the 2020 shooting of Houston rap star Megan Thee Stallion, and the sentencing is scheduled for June 13th.
Prosecutors have made a strong case for a lengthy prison term for Tory Lanez, emphasizing the seriousness of his actions and their impact on Megan Thee Stallion. They contend that anything less than 13 years would not adequately address the harm caused and would undermine public safety.
In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors condemned Lanez for actively inviting harassment of the victim through the dissemination of misinformation. They argue that his actions have had a lasting traumatic impact on the Houston rapper, weaponizing his large following against her and showing a complete lack of remorse.
Lanez’s legal team’s request to disqualify Judge Herriford was also recently denied. Tory Lanez’s legal team claimed the judge showed “favoritism” toward the prosecution, where that motion was shot down. Judge Herriford also responded to the “favoritism accusations,” saying:
“I am not prejudiced or biased against or in favor of any party to this proceeding or their counsel. All rulings made by me in this action have been based upon facts and arguments officially presented to me and upon my understanding of the law … All statements made by me and all actions taken by me in this proceeding have been done in furtherance of what I believe were my judicial duties.”
The shooting incident involving Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion has been the center of public attention, with the case generating widespread media coverage. Lanez’s motion for a new trial was previously denied, and he has since parted ways with his legal representation.
The guilty verdict against him stands, setting the stage for the upcoming sentencing, where the judge will consider the prosecution’s arguments for a 13-year prison term.
According to reports, Tory Lanez has outlined three aggravating factors that justify a more severe sentence for the rapper. Prosecutors have consistently pushed for a harsh punishment, citing the egregious nature of Lanez’s actions in the shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion.
Updated by Catherine Dallum on June 12th, 2023
Tory Lanez, the rapper found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion, is facing a legal challenge as his defense team aims to disqualify Judge David Herriford, who denied their motion for a new trial. Lanez’s lawyers have filed a petition with the California Court of Appeal, seeking the removal of Judge Herriford from the case.
Lanez’s legal team is making efforts to disqualify Judge David Herriford, who rejected their motion for a new trial after Lanez was found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion. They filed a petition on May 19, 2023, requesting the removal of Judge Herriford from the case.
However, it currently needs to be determined whether the California Court of Appeal will consider the defense team’s request before Lanez’s scheduled sentencing on June 13.
The filing of the petition has not affected Lanez’s sentencing process. Judge Herriford is not required to delay the sentencing proceedings while the petition is pending. The judge will determine Lanez’s fate despite the ongoing legal maneuver unless a successful disqualification occurs.
During the hearing on Lanez’s motion for a new trial, Judge Herriford dismissed the disqualification statement presented by Lanez’s lawyers, Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez. This rejection occurred last month and added another complexity to Lanez’s case’s legal proceedings.
In addition, Los Angeles prosecutors are seeking a sentence of over ten years for Tory Lanez. The rapper currently faces a maximum sentence of 22 years for the shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.
Updated by Catherine Dallum on June 6th, 2023
Tory Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, has been denied a new trial by Los Angeles Superior Judge Herriford. Lanez was convicted in December 2022 of three felonies for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. Despite arguments from Lanez’s lawyers, Judge Herriford rejected the motion for a new trial, stating that the disputed evidence would not have affected the trial’s outcome.
Updated By: Chris Samuel (5/10/23 at 2:07 pm)
Lanez, 30, now faces sentencing for assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possessing a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. If sentenced to the maximum extent, Lanez could spend up to 22 years in prison and face deportation to his native Canada.
During the proceedings, Lanez pleaded to Judge Herriford, hoping to avoid severe consequences by stating, “I could be your son. I could be your brother.” However, his plea did not sway the judge’s decision. Lanez and his legal team plan to appeal to a higher court, although their chances of success appear low.
Lanez’s lawyers raised several concerns regarding the previous trial. They argued that specific evidence, including a post from Lanez’s Instagram account, was improperly admitted. They also claimed that Megan Thee Stallion’s testimony regarding Lanez urging her not to involve the police was both false and an inappropriate reference to prior bad acts.
Additionally, Lanez’s attorneys questioned the validity of the DNA evidence presented by prosecutors, suggesting it fell short of industry standards.
Lanez’s attorneys encountered difficulties during the motion’s oral arguments. Despite preparing an elaborate presentation with audio-visuals and witnesses, Judge Herriford insisted on narrow legal disputes, denying the use of extensive visual aids. Lanez’s lawyers pleaded for the opportunity to present their case as planned but were ultimately restricted to the standard legal procedure.
They later filed a motion to disqualify the judge, citing mistakes made by Lanez’s previous attorney, who had limited time to prepare before trial. The denial for a new trial marks the latest event in The Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion Timeline, which includes the trial, verdict, and aftermath.
Lanez’s denial of a new trial has significant implications for his future. With sentencing pending and the possibility of a lengthy prison term, Lanez’s legal battles continue. The timeline of events between Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion has garnered significant attention, and this latest development adds to the ongoing narrative surrounding the case.
Singer and rapper Tory Lanez appeared in court on May 8 for a new trial hearing after being found guilty of shooting Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez filed a new motion claiming “ineffective counsel” during his initial trial and has hired new attorneys to present fresh DNA evidence to the jury. During the hearing, Lanez pleaded with Judge Herriford to grant him freedom, stating, “Please don’t ruin my life.”
Updated By: Chris Samuel (5/9/23 at 5:03 pm)
Tory Lanez filed a new motion for a new trial hearing, claiming that his previous legal team was “ineffective counsel.” Lanez recently hired new attorneys Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez to present fresh DNA evidence to the jury, which they believe can exonerate Lanez from his detachment in prison.
Baez hired one of the best DNA experts in the nation to analyze the same DNA test carefully. Lanez’s DNA “is 100 percent excluded and 100 percent eliminated from the gun.” During the initial trial, Lanez’s DNA from the gun is “inconclusive.”
During the hearing, Judge Herriford asked Lanez’s team why they never objected to the DNA findings during the trial. Barhoma responded, stating that Lanez’s former attorney Shawn Holley lied to courts that she had hired her own DNA expert but would only be doing so eight months later.
Baez added the claim that Holley “was not adequately prepared.”
The Canadian artist pleaded with Judge Herriford to grant him freedom during the hearing, “Please don’t ruin my life. I could be your son. I could be your brother,” Lanez reportedly said while in the courtroom.
If Lanez’s motion for a new trial is rejected, he can still appeal the decision. He may have an argument, especially “ineffective counsel,” according to LA Times’ James Queally, who is covering the case via Twitter.
Judge Herriford is expected to rule on Lanez’s motion for a new trial on May 9 around 10:30 PST.
Recently, Megan Thee Stallion broke her silence since Tory Lanez was indicted and said, “People treated my trauma like it was a joke” during the trial.
Jailed rapper Tory Lanez recently made headlines once again after posting on Instagram. The rapper claims he was wrongfully convicted in the shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez maintained his innocence since the charges were first brought against him and awaited a new trial behind bars.
Updated By: Nicole Bartley (4/24/23 at 4:08 pm)
On Friday, April 21, Tory Lanez took to his Instagram, declaring that he was “wrongfully convicted” of the shooting incident involving fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion. The Instagram post included an audio recording where Lanez alleged that he was not given a fair trial and accused prosecutors of hiding exculpatory evidence that could have proven his innocence.
In fact, the Canadian rapper added that he watched prosecutors “unlawfully misuse their authority to hide and suppress any and all exculpatory evidence that exonerates me and furthers my innocence.”
The “Say It” rapper has been in custody since he was ordered to be taken into custody on December 23, 2022, shortly after the jury’s verdict was read.
Tory Lanez was found guilty of all charges related to the shooting of fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in December 2022. However, Lanez recently filed for a new trial, further delaying his sentencing. The selection of a new jury for the upcoming trial has already begun and is expected to last one to two weeks.
Updated By: Nicole Bartley (4/17/23 at 1:21 pm)
Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, who was found guilty of shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion has filed for a new trial. The move has delayed his sentencing, and jury selection for the upcoming trial has already begun.
The new trial could begin as early as mid-May. Lanez’s new attorney has filed a motion for a new trial, alleging that prejudicial evidence was entered into the trial and that the prosecution interfered with Lanez’s right to counsel. In particular, the attorney pointed to a line of questioning of a key witness, Kelsey Harris, about accusations that Lanez tried to bribe Harris.
Inconsistencies in Harris’s testimony have emerged, with her citing anxiety and postpartum depression as reasons for her inconsistencies. The jury selection process could take up to two weeks.
Tory Lanez was expected to be sentenced on April 10 at the Los Angeles Superior Court, however, the date got pushed back as his legal team pursued a new trial.
Updated By Nadya Nataly (4/10/23 at 5:47 pm)
On April 10, the day Lanez was scheduled for sentencing, his legal team also pushed for a new trial. Lanez’s initial sentencing hearing was also scheduled for January but continued to get rescheduled repeatedly.
In the wake of the possibility of a new trial, his new legal team has filed motions and cited issues they aim to address. The court is expected to resume in a week.
Should Lanez be given the maximum sentence on each charge, he may face up to 22 years and eight months in prison, with deportation to Canada following his incarceration.
Tory Lanez filed a motion for a new trial involving the 2020 shooting incident of Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez was found guilty of shooting Megan but is now seeking a new trial.
Updated By: Chris Samuel (3/30/23 at 2:53 pm)
Tory Lanez submitted a motion for a new trial regarding the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, according to a Rolling Stone report.
On Dec. 23, 2022, the “Say It” rapper was found guilty of shooting Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the foot.
In the latest event of the Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion trial, Lanez and his legal team are now arguing that there were flaws in the trial, and they are seeking a new trial after filing a new motion on March 27.
Lanez previously dropped his former attorney George Mgdesyan, who represented him when he was convicted. Lanez’s attorneys Jose Baez and Matthew Barhoma cited multiple sources in the new motion file claiming the judge “erroneously allowed” jurors to view a September 2020 Instagram post from Lanez’s personal account, saying Megan’s former best friend Kelsey Harris was not the shooter.
According to Rolling Stone, Lanez’s content creator, Joshua Farias, claimed he was managing Lanez’s Instagram, also admitting he was the one who replied “that’s not true” to a comment on The Shade Room’s account stating, “People saying Kelsey shot her.”
In addition, Lanez’ attorney’s claim the prosecutors “ambushed” them with the post during the trial and the judge should not have blocked the post because they did not have enough evidence to prove who wrote the reply.
During the trial, prosecutors also wanted to use Lanez’s rap lyrics as tools of evidence.
A hearing is scheduled for April 10, which is the same day as Lanez’s sentencing. Lanez was charged with assault with a firearm and faces up to 22 years in prison.
Tory Lanez was found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion during the July 2020 incident following a gathering in the Hollywood Hills. After several hours of deliberation and more than 2 weeks of proceedings, the diverse and attentive jury rendered its verdict to the Honorable Judge David Herriford.
The artist Tory Lanez, born Daystarr Peterson, was found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July 2020. The jury, composed of seven women and five men, delivered a verdict after several hours of deliberation following the prosecution and defense closing arguments. Lanez was facing over 22 years in prison.
On the count of Assault With A Semi-Automatic Firearm, Tory is guilty. This dealt specifically with the question of whether it was he who was responsible for the assault on Megan Thee Stallion that resulted in her injuries.
On the count of Discharge of Firearms with Gross Negligence, Peterson was found guilty, meaning Lanez didn’t fire the gun.
On the count of Having a Concealed Gun in an Unregistered Vehicle, Lanez was found guilty .
During the closing arguments, Lanez attorneys alleged the shots were fired by Megan’s former best friend, Kelsey Nicole Harris, in a jealous fight over Lanez. The defense also said Lanez tried to stop the shooting. Defense attorney George Mgdesyan alleged that Megan pinned the shooting on Lanez.
Kelsey, who is also Meg’s former assistant, has denied being the shooter. Before repeatedly stating “I don’t remember” during testimony in court, Kelsey identified Lanez as the person holding the gun in recorded interviews with the Los Angeles Superior court district attorneys. Harris has also pleaded the fifth and received “use immunity” from the district attorneys.
The 911 caller, Sean Kelly, who saw the night’s incident play out from his child’s bedroom, said he saw flashes coming from a woman in a previous interview with investigators. Once in court, he added he saw “the little guy” — referring to Tory Lanez — exit the car and physically struggle with Kelsey Harris. Kelly described what he called “flashes” in the dark. Kelly never used the word “gun” to describe what he saw.
The verdict comes after 13 days of testimony and hearings. Jury selection began on Dec. 5th. SOHH exclusively reported that an unidentified African-American female juror declared to be recused from the trial stating she believed that Tory Lanez was “innocent.” This was also the day that Tory was released from his ankle bracelet house arrest.
After jury selection was completed, the trial resumed on December 12 with the prosecution presenting their opening statements. It was confirmed that Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez were lovers. There was also the reveal of the love triangle with her best friend, Kelsey. This revelation undercut Megan’s statements in her TV interview with Gayle King in which she attested she was not in a sexual relationship with Tory. Meanwhile, Tory’s defense team argued that his petite stature made it impossible for him to be the shooter.
Megan testified on December 13th as her supporters stood outside the LA Superior Court holding a banner that said: “We Stand With Megan.” Daystarr “Tory Lanez” Peterson watched from the pews as Megan tearfully proclaimed herself as a “victim” under attack. In one of the most dramatic displays, she stated if she knew in advance she would have received so much public backlash, she wished “he would have just shot me dead.”
Stallion’s ex-best friend, Kelsey Nicole Harris, offered a limited testimony on the 2020 shooting involving Tory Lanez in Day 7 of the Megan vs Tory trial. Repeatedly responding with “I can’t remember,” Kelsey shocked the entire courtroom when she said she would “plead the fifth” and made an immunity deal with the DA.
However, the LA District Attorney played the 90-minute Sept. 20 interview between Kelsey Harris and the prosecutors, which told a clearer story. In the taped interview Kelsey told prosecutors “Tory shot Megan.”
The hearing continued with surprising revelations by Megan Thee Stallion’s stylist, EJ, who was there in Kylie Jenner’s residence where the drama began. EJ described the events of that night, citing that the situation had gotten tense at Kylie’s house. He sensed it was time to leave the party.
The stylist described a scene where Kelsey had passed out and Megan was really far gone and making snarky comments to the host, Kylie Jenner. EJ, who was introduced as a defense witness, offered his testimony for the first time in court, saying “no one had ever asked” him to testify.
With the question of “Who shot Megan” very much still muddy and unclear to trial watchers, the prosecution and Tory Lanez’ defense attorney considered whether to call Tory Lanez to the witness stand to give his first-hand account of the events that resulted in Megan Thee Stallion’s alleged shooting.
The Los Angeles Superior court district attorneys also discussed introducing rap lyrics and social media posts. Eventually, Tory would not testify, and neither would the driver of the vehicle, Jacquan Smith, the only sober person to witness the entire events of the night.
Jurors heard the testimony of the 911 caller who witnessed the street shooting scene. Sean Kelly said he saw Lanez and Kelsey Harris, Megan’s former assistant, with something that looked like sparks or fireworks after hearing the explosive sounds. Kelly didn’t use the word “gun” to describe what he saw in Harris and Lanez’ hands.
“Megan is a liar,” George Mgdesyan Lanez’ defense said in his closing statements of the trial. According to Mgdesyan, Megan lied on social media and lied again when she was asked about her intimate relationship with Lanez.
Alternatively, state prosecutors, in their closing statements, asked the jury to focus on the question of “Who Shot Megan” – disregarding the issues created by the love triangle and the muddiness of the sole witness testimony by Sean Kelly. The jurors were reminded of the gun residue found on Tory (and Kelsey) and Kelsey’s September testimony in which she emphatically stated, “Tory shot Megan.”
Megan Thee Stallion’s assault trial against Tory Lanez started on Dec. 5, at the Los Angeles Superior Court. The case follows after the July 2020 shooting, which transpired after a heated exchange and Megan sustaining injuries to her feet.
Originally Written By: Nadya Nataly (12/23/23 at 6:28 pm)