The shooting case involving Megan Thee Stallion goes to trial

Megan Thee Stallion has testified that she “wants [Tory Lanez] to go to jail” for allegedly shooting her in the foot in 2020. 

The opening statements in the shooting trial between Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez began on Monday (December 12) in Los Angeles. Lanez stands accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot during a house party in 2020, allegations which he has denied since the rapper first aired them over two years ago. Lanez, who faces three felony counts in relation to the shooting, could spend 22 years in jail if convicted. 

Lanez’s lawyer George Mgdesyan commenced opening statements in court this week by telling jurors that “this case is about jealousy.” Mgdesyan argued that it was Megan Thee Stallion’s assistant who shot her in the foot, adding to Lanez’ profession of his innocence on social media earlier this year. For her case, Stallion has enlisted a witness to the shooting to testify in her defence, with the rapper’s lawyer telling the court that the witness “will tell you that she just saw her close friend get shot by the defendant.

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The witness will also provide screenshots as evidence of Lanez’ involvement, specifically putting forth a text message chain immediately after the incident in which she explicitly writes “tory shot meg”. The charges Lanez faces range from assault with a firearm, concealing a loaded firearm and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. Mgdesyan urged jurors to keep “an open mind” in relation to these charges. 

Stallion has long denied being romantically involved with Lanez, but the former rapper’s lawyer contraindicated that claim this week, revealing the pair had “been intimate” at some point. Other bombshell revelations from the unfolding trial came when Stallion herself testified today (December 14). She alleged that Lanez shouted “Dance bitch” right before shooting her, and that he had “an attitude” when she critiqued his music career.

Stallion later alleged that Lanez offered her $1 million to keep quiet about the shooting, before closing her statement with the remark: “I want him to go to jail. I want him to go under the jail.” It remains unclear whether Lanez himself will testify, or just how long the trial is expected to last. Earlier this year in a separate legal battle, Stallion was among those to sign an open petition protesting the use of rap lyrics in court. Elsewhere in 2022, Stallion teased a potential appearance in Stranger Things, and hosted an October episode of Saturday Night Live.