The Associated Press reports that a jury has just convicted rapper Tory Lanez of several felonies related to the 2020 shooting of rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
“Lanez, who was put in handcuffs and led to jail while wearing a powder pink coat with matching pants, showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read,” the Associated Press reports.
“But,” the outlet continues, “moments later, after the jury was escorted out, his father, Sonstar Peterson, leapt up and shouted ‘This wicked system stands judged before God almighty!’ as deputies closed in on him.”
“With considerable effort, deputies wrestled him from the courtroom, where he shouted in the hallway,” the outlet adds.
According to NBC News, this case stems from an incident that occurred in 2020 outside of a party that was held at Kylie Jenner’s home in Los Angeles, California. It occurred after Lanez, a Canadian 30-year-old whose real name is Daystar Peterson, and Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, had an argument.
In her testimony during the trial, Megan said things were tense in the car between her, Lanez, and her former friend and assistant, Kelsey Harris, Billboard Magazine reports. The artist testified Lanez wanted her to come clean with Harris about the fact that the two of them had been intimate. But Billboard reports Megan was uncomfortable doing so because she knew Harris had a crush on the Canadian singer and rapper.
Megan claimed that Lanez shot her in the foot after she exited the vehicle. Bullet fragments would later be found in her feet.
Lanez was subsequently charged with several crimes, including assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
Lanez has disputed the accusation, even dedicating a whole music album to it. He also pled “not guilty” in court.
The verdict is in
It took the jury about seven hours to reach their verdict in this case. They found Lanez guilty of all three of the charges. On top of this, the jury found that there were aggravating factors in the shooting, which means that Lanez could be hit with an even longer prison sentence.
Reports indicate that he is facing a maximum prison sentence of 22 years and eight months.
The sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 25, 2023.
Alex Spiro, one of Megan Thee Stallion’s attornies, put out a celebratory statement.
“The jury got it right,” he said. “I am thankful there is justice for Meg.”