LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a courtroom that quickly became chaotic after a trial that gripped cultural and personal tensions, a Los Angeles jury on Friday found rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three counts in the 2020 shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee. . stallion, This caused bullet fragments to her feet and could send him to prison for more than 20 years.
Lenz, who was handcuffed and led to jail while wearing a soft pink coat and matching trousers, showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read.
But moments after the jury exited, his father, Sonstar Peterson, jumped up and started screaming. “This evil regime is on trial before Almighty God!” he shouted as the deputies stormed him. He then pointed at the prosecutors in the case and exclaimed, “You are vicious, vicious. You know exactly what you did.”
With great effort, the deputies pulled him out of the courtroom, as he continued to scream in the hallway.
The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for nearly a day and a half before convicting the 30-year-old Canadian rapper, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, using a loaded and unregistered firearm in a motor vehicle. and discharging a firearm grossly negligently. Besides the aggravating factors that jurors also found to be true, the charges could result in up to 22 years in prison and deportation when he is sentenced on January 25.
Three young children, including Lenz’s son, sat in the front row of the courtroom while the verdict was read. A little girl cried, and Lenz’s stepmother, who was also crying, hugged her before she started screaming with her husband.
Others in the audience shouted approval, and a woman yelled “We love you, Tori” as he was led away.
Supporters of both Meghan and Lynes gathered outside the courtroom for most of the eight-day trial, crowding the courtroom and the aisle. The scene was tense at times, but it remained mostly calm until the verdict was read.
Members of the media and the public were forced to remain in the courtroom for a few minutes after the hearing while the courtroom was evacuated.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified during the trial that Lanez fired a gun in the back of her feet and yelled for her to dance as she pulled away from an SUV they were riding in the Hollywood Hills in the summer of 2020. She said the two got into a feud that became particularly heated when she began insulting his music.
She needed surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet.
“The jury got it right,” said Alex Spiro, Meghan’s lawyer. “I am grateful that there is justice for Meg.”
Linz’s attorney could not be found to comment outside of court. An email sent to them seeking comment was not immediately returned.
The shooting caused a firestorm of cultural issues and arguments that culminated during the trial, including the black victims’ insistence on speaking to the police.Protecting black womenThe politics of gender in hip-hopand online toxicity.
in closing argumentsProsecutors confirmed the courage it took Meghan to come forward and the vitriol the 27-year-old faced. They said she had no motive to say anything but the truth.
After the sentencing, Prosecutor Georges Gascon applauded her for coming.
“You have shown incredible courage and incredible vulnerability with your testimony despite the repeated and outrageous attacks that you did not deserve,” Gascon said in a statement. “I faced unfair and vile scrutiny no woman should ever face.”
Lanes’ attorney claimed in his closing argument that the shots were actually fired by Meghan’s then best friend Kelsey Harris in a jealous fight over Lanes, who tried to stop the gunfire. The lawyer, George Magdisian, argued that Megan had created a more sympathetic narrative by putting Lenz’s shooting on hold.
“Meghan Peet is a liar. She lied from the start about everything in this case. She lied here under oath.”
Harris denied being the shooter I once knew Lenz as the one with the gun. Her attorney, in an email, declined to comment on her involvement.
Lenz began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and has seen a steady rise in popularity, moving onto albums for major labels. His last two have reached the top ten on the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was already a major rising star at the time of shooting, and her fame has grown ever since. She won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2021, hit the Billboard Hot 100 number one with her own song “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.”
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