Tory Lanez pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (Nov. 18) in the alleged Megan Thee Stallion shooting.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, the rapper, born Daystar Peterson, is due back in court on January 20, 2021. Last month, he was charged with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm – personal use of a firearm – and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.
Rap artist charged with assault of woman in Hollywood Hills pleaded not guilty today. He is due back in court on 1/20. https://t.co/J62gxvztm5 #LADAOffice
— Jackie Lacey (@LADAOffice) November 18, 2020
At his first court appearance by phone, his bail was set and posted at $190,000, and he was ordered not to contact Megan and to surrender all of his guns. If convicted, the rapper faces a maximum state prison sentence of 22 years and eight months.
In July, the two artists got into an argument while driving through the Hollywood Hills. When Meg exited the vehicle, Lanez allegedly shot her several times in the foot. In August, the “Hot Girl” rapper for the first time named Lanez as the individual who shot her.
On November 13, Megan provided the most detailed account of the shooting incident, describing how her alleged assailant begged her to not tell police what happened and even offered money for silence.
“[At this point] I’m really scared,” Megan told GQ in their Men of the Year issue, in which she’s dubbed Rapper of the Year. “Because this is like right in the middle of all the [police brutality] protesting. Police are just killing everybody for no reason, and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.’”