A California jury has found rapper Tory Lanez guilty on all charges related to the shooting incident in which Megan Thee Stallion was shot in the feet in July 2020. Lanez was charged with one felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner to cause bodily injury. Lanez had pleaded not guilty to the charges in November 2020.
The trial, which began on December 12, included emotional testimony from Megan Thee Stallion and her former friend Kelsey Nicole Harris. Megan testified that an argument between Lanez and Harris led to the shooting, and that Lanez had fired a gun at her over the SUV and later offered her $1 million to stay silent about the incident. Harris, who was granted immunity by the prosecution, refused to answer questions about Lanez's involvement in the shooting and invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when asked if Lanez had threatened to kill her, as she had previously stated in a recorded interview with investigators.
A jury has convicted Tory Lanez of all three charges for the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. A crazy and downright scary scene in the courtroom as his father and stepmother screamed about wicks injustice.— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) December 23, 2022
Lanez's defense argued that the shooting was accidental and that Megan had lied about the incident in order to further her career. However, the prosecution presented evidence including text messages, a recorded conversation between Megan and Lanez, and eyewitness testimony that supported Megan's version of events.
Following the verdict, Lanez's parents reportedly had outbursts in the courtroom. It is not yet clear what sentence Lanez will face.