Rapper Tory Lanez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to using a semiautomatic firearm to shoot and wound Megan Thee Stallion during an incident in July.
His lawyer Shawn Holley entered the plea on his behalf after a Los Angeles judge previously ordered Lanez to stay 100 yards away from Megan and surrender any firearms.
Tory, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was charged last month with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. Tory faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison if convicted as charged.
According to law enforcement, Tory was riding in an SUV with his bodyguard who has not been identified, Kelsey, Megan’s ex-best friend, and Megan when the two “got into an argument” in the early hours of July 12 near the 1800 block of Nichols Canyon Road in the Hollywood Hills.
They were all coming from Kylie Jenner’s pool party when the alleged incident took place. We have heard many stories but not actually what happened. Tory released an album ‘DAYSTAR’ allegedly telling his side of the story. While he navigates us through what happened that night on 17 tracks, it is still very unclear what actually took place. Tory states that he can not give more details on an open case.
Prosecutors didn’t identify Megan by name when they charged Lanez, but she later identified herself as the victim. Megan alleges that she exited the vehicle before Tory shot at her feet several times, wounding her. Megan went on IG live to describe the incident.
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“I was shot in both of my feet and I had to get surgery to get the sh– taken out, get the bullets taken out,” she said.
Tory’s arraignment was initially set for last month, but the judge allowed Tory and his attorney to push it back to today. More information will be provided as we are updated.