‘Going through torture’: Megan Thee Stallion testifies against Tory Lanez

Megan Thee Stallion gave emotional testimony Tuesday at the trial of Tory Lanez, the musician and ex-boyfriend who allegedly shot her after a party in Los Angeles.

The Texas-born rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, shared her most in depth account yet of the moment leading up to the shooting in 2020. She described how the attack left her with constant pain in her feet and said the incident in the public eye was “torture.”

“I don’t want to be on this earth,” Pete once said during his day-long testimony. “I wish he would have shot and killed me if I knew I would be subjected to this torture.”

Pete was often overcome with emotion and snorted quietly as Los Angeles County District Attorney Kathy Ta questioned her about the shooting in the early morning of July 12, 2020.

Ta showed Pitt and the court police body camera images of Pitt being ordered out of a large black vehicle and limping onto the sidewalk with her feet bleeding. A video of the rapper crying desperately in the back of an ambulance caused Pete to wipe her nose as she relived it.

“I can’t believe I have to come here and do this,” Pete, 27, said while on the witness stand.

Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, faces more than 22 years in prison if convicted of all three crimes he faces. Peterson, 30, maintained his innocence and accused Pitt of lying.

During cross-examination by the prosecutor, Peterson’s attorney, George Magdisian, vehemently objected several times during Pitt’s account of the events leading up to the car ride that precipitated the shooting.

Pitt said the incident happened after a party at Kylie Jenner’s house. An argument erupts after Peterson reveals to Pete’s longtime friend Kelsey Harris that he and Pete were intimate. Harris is also scheduled to testify during the trial.

At one point during the car ride, Peterson turns around in the car and tells Pete to stop lying to Harris about their relationship. Pete said Tuesday that she and Peterson became friends after they both lost their mothers, and that they sometimes had sexual relations with each other. Pitt testified that Harris, who had a “admiration” of Peterson, knew nothing of the musicians’ relationship until the verbal argument.

Pitt testified that Peterson later called both women “whores and hoes” as tensions flared. The two also verbally sparred over their music careers.

Pitt told the courtroom that she had asked to be let out of the car near the Hollywood Hills home where she was staying, but as she was walking away, Pitt said, she heard Peterson yell “Dance, bitch,” and when she turned her head to face him, he was partially hanging out. The car with a gun pointed at it. Then he started shooting.

Shortly after driving away from the scene, the car containing Pete, Harris, Peterson, and his security guard was stopped by police.

Pete said Peterson had begged her and Harris not to tell the police that he had shot her because he had pre-existing legal issues and didn’t want to get into any more trouble. Pitt added that Peterson offered the two ex-boyfriends $1 million to keep quiet.

“Why don’t you worry about my condition? You just shot me!” Pete recalled thinking when Peterson asked for her silence.

Peterson was eventually arrested for possession of a concealed weapon and after months of speculation, Pete took to Instagram Live to say that Peterson had shot her.

The aftermath of the shooting largely started online and struck a chord in the hip-hop community, highlighting how society ignores the treatment and abuse of black women. During a statement Tuesday, Pete called rap a “boy club” and said she knew she’d be hated because she was “telling one friend of yours.”

During the cross-examination, Magdisian focused much of his cross-examination on where Pitt and Pearson were physically located prior to the shooting. He also challenged Pitt’s interviews and statements she made to police, on social media and in a televised hearing with Gayle King that aired on CBS in April.

The exchanges between Majessian and Pitt were tense, with Majessian digging into the minutiae of the hours leading up to the shooting, including how much Pitt had to drink at Jenner’s house, why she insisted on leaving with Peterson and which direction Pitt was walking before Peterson allegedly . Shot.

Magdisian was also present in an interview that Pitt gave to then-LAPD Detective Ryan Stogner days after the incident, in which she told police that at first she didn’t know she had been shot.

Pete responded that she was not comfortable speaking to the police due to concerns about police violence against black people, but changed her mind when she saw Peterson and his management trying to “move forward” the story by planting fake news in the blogs.

“I didn’t want it to be as big of a mess as it is now,” Beth testified of her reluctance to tell the truth early on.

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