Tory Lanez Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting Megan Thee Stallion

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If convicted as charged, the rapper faces a possible maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in state prison.

Tory Lanez on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly shot fellow musician Megan Thee Stallion, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He is due back in court Jan. 20, 2021.

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."

In a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday, Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, aka Megan Thee Stallion wrote of the shooting, "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."

Peterson's charges stem from a July 12 incident where Peterson and Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, aka Megan Thee Stallion, allegedly got into an argument while riding in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills. After she exited the car,  Peterson is accused of shooting several times at her feet and wounding her, authorities say.

If convicted as charged, Peterson faces a possible maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in state prison.