In August 2020, Megan Thee Stallion refers to a story that has been circulating in the last month. Tabloids and gossip sites are stringing together details of a shooting that allegedly happened after a party at Kylie Jennerhouse in Los Angeles. Rap singer tory lanez arrested for concealing a weapon, and Page Six report the most explosive account: that Lanez shot Megan in the leg during a melee that took place around an SUV. On Instagram, Megan declare that its essence is truth, and in the coming months prosecutors have brought up assaults and gun cases. cost against Lanez.
The legal issue dragged on for the next two years after Lanez pleaded not guilty to all charges, but Megan’s Grammy win and Billboard hits amplified the aftermath, and the case continues to draw attention. periodic waves of public attention. Every rapper released music related to it, as social media sites and YouTube channels debated existing evidence. Megan provides more details in one interview with King Gayle, and wrote a essay Because The The New York Times focuses on how her experience fits into the broader context of violence against Black women.
On Monday morning, the alleged shooting came before a Los Angeles grand jury. Like Rolling Stone reportThe prosecutor began his case by establishing the opening argument that Kelsey Harris, A former close friend and assistant to Megan, who was at the scene of the alleged shooting, will give testimony confirming Megan’s account. “Kelsey will tell you she just saw her best friend being shot by the defendant,” assistant district attorney Alexander Bott report told the jury. Bott went on to say that Megan would testify that Lanez yelled “Jump, bitch!” before shooting at her.
Lanez’s legal battle deepened in September after the R&B singer August Alsina declare on Instagram that the rapper assaulted him in Chicago. No charges were filed, but prosecutors argued during the pre-trial hearing that Lanez violated his bail conditions, as TMZ reportand Judge David Herriford put him under house arrest first release him last week in anticipation of the trial.
In his opening remarks on Monday, Lanez .’s attorney George Mgdesyan said that Megan was the only person at the scene who heard Lanez say “Jump, bitch,” according to Rolling Stone. The attorney is said to have said that on the night of the alleged shooting, Megan was resentful of the time Lanez spent with Jenner, and that Corey Gambling, Jenner’s mother’s boyfriend Kris, will testify about witnessing an argument begin at Jenner’s home. Continuing his claim, Mgdesyan testified that Harris was the shooter after Lanez revealed in the car that he had an affair with Megan in addition to an affair with Harris. (According to Mgdesyan, Harris claims that this means Megan has outdone her for the third time in this way, after parallel romantic conflicts erupted around the rapper. DaBaby and NBA players Ben Simmons.)
While Lanez has never assembled the kind of mainstream profile that Megan has occupied over the past few years, he has built a steady following and to some extent retained it after. consequences of the alleged shooting. In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, he quarantine station The Instagram Live series of videos have made him a breakout star of the social media-centric entertainment ecosystem that emerges at this time. Lanez no longer has a major label contract—him and Interscope Records how to break up in February 2020—and in parcel Alleging that Lanez had beaten him, Alsina wrote, “You have no real friends and are on an unscheduled mission.” But he continues to release music independently, and appeared above Breakfast Club in September to discuss a new album. in him public comment about the alleged shooting, Lanez described Megan as a jealous ex who framed him. (Megan told Gayle King that she and Lanez did not have sex.) In February, amid a flurry of reports and legal developments in the case, Megan post screenshot of the death threat she received on social media.
“I want him to go to jail. i want him to go Below prison,” Megan told Rolling Stone in June. “I feel like you’ve tried to break me down enough. You already shot me. So why are you pulling it out like this? Like, what else? I hate you this much and you can’t see it?”
If convicted of any crime, Lanez face up to 22 years and eight months in prison. The trial is expected to last between five and seven days.