On October 8, Tory Lanez was charged with assault in connection with a July 12 shooting in Hollywood Hills.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Lanez—whose real name is Daystar Peterson—faces two felony charges, which includes one count of assault with a semiautomatic handgun and one count of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The Canadian rapper could face a maximum prison sentence of 22 years and 8 months, if convicted.
The rapper was initially arrested the night of the incident, which also involved Megan Thee Stallion, but was released after posting bail.
Although Meg was not identified by name by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, its statement said that Lanez was “charged with assaulting a female friend”, and also “faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury”. Lanez is due to appear in court on October 13. Read the media release by the LA District Attorney’s Office in full here.
Shortly after the incident, Megan opened up about the shooting, calling it the “worst experience of [her] life.” The rapper said that she had to undergo surgery to remove the bullets from her feet. While Megan didn’t identify her shooter at first, she later claimed that Lanez had shot her and accused his team of covering up the truth. “You got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying and shit. Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand,” she said during an Instagram Live session.
Last month, Lanez finally broke his silence and responded to Megan’s allegations on his new album DAYSTAR. On the track, “Money Over Fallouts,” the rapper accused Megan, her reps and the media of trying to “frame” him.
However, shortly after the album dropped, Meg’s lawyer Alex Spiro slammed Lanez for launching a “smear campaign” against her. Spiro also claimed that Lanez and his team had fabricated emails in his favor to send out to the media. “A smear campaign can’t change the truth,” Spiro told Variety in September.
When approached by Vulture, Spiro declined comment on the charges being filed. On the other hand, Lanez’s lawyer Jim Lewis told the publication, “The ‘victim’ doesn’t appear to be seriously injured, since I saw her on Saturday Night Live last week”—a reference to Megan’s recent performance on the show’s season opener, in which she demanded justice for Breonna Taylor.