Pete testified that after the shooting, Peterson was apologetic, saying, “Please don’t say anything. I’ll give y’all a million dollars. I can’t go to jail. I already got caught with a gun before.” She then admitted to lying to police about why she was wounded, claiming she had stepped on glass. “This was the height of police brutality and George Floyd, and if I said this man just shot me, I didn’t know if they might shoot first and ask questions later,” said Pete.
Lanez faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Yesterday, during his opening arguments, Los Angeles County’s deputy district attorney, Alexander Bott, told jurors that Megan Thee Stallion was shot by Tory Lanez, according to Rolling Stone. Bott alluded to witnesses on the scene who will reportedly corroborate her version of events in court, including Kelsey Harris. As previously reported, Harris is said to have sent text messages to Pete’s bodyguard reading: “Help,” “Tory Shot Meg,” and “911.” Those messages were reportedly shown in court.
Bott also played a portion of a voicemail in which Tory Lanez apologized and acknowledged he was drunk at the time of the shooting, but did not admit to discharging the gun, the Los Angeles Times reports. The court was also shown a text from Lanez to Pete, reading, in part, “Shit should have never happened and I can’t change what I did,” according to The LA Times.
Tory Lanez’s defense attorney, George G. Mgdesyan, reportedly said Megan Thee Stallion and Kelsey Harris both had sexual relationships with Lanez, and that this has influenced their tellings of the incident. Mgdesyan also said Pete and Lanez started fighting during the party at Kylie Jenner’s house and that Corey Gamble, who apparently witnessed some of the argument, will take the stand.
Lanez was arrested in July 2020 on a concealed firearm charge. Two charges came later: assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. As trial proceedings began earlier this month, prosecutors added another felony charge for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
Megan Thee Stallion named Tory Lanez as her alleged assailant one month after she claimed she had been shot in the foot. She further detailed the experience and her injuries in an interview this year with Gayle King.