Megan Thee Stallion Addresses Getting Shot Allegedly by Tory Lanez

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"My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends," the musician writes.

Megan Thee Stallion on Tuesday addressed getting shot, allegedly by fellow musician Tory Lanez, in a powerful New York Times op-ed.

Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, aka Megan Thee Stallion, wrote of the July 12 incident where she was shot in the foot, "I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place."

She continued, "My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted. After a lot of self-reflection on that incident, I’ve realized that violence against women is not always connected to being in a relationship. Instead, it happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will."

Born Daystar Peterson, the 28-year-old Canadian rapper was charged Oct. 8 with two felony counts: assault with a semiautomatic firearm — personal use of a firearm; and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. Peterson also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury, according to the district attorney's office.

Peterson maintained his innocence, tweeting shortly after he was charged, "[Time] will [Tell]  ... and the truth will come to the light ... I have all faith in God to show that ... love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart ... a charge is not a conviction. If you have supported me or meg thru this, I genuinely appreciate u."

His arraignment is slated for Tuesday afternoon.