Trial postponed for artist Tory Lanez

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LOS ANGELES — A judge on Wednesday granted the defense’s request — over the prosecution’s objection — to postpone the trial of rapper Tory Lanez, accused of shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s feet in the hills of Hollywood.

Superior Court Judge David Herriford set Nov. 28 as the new date for the trial, noting it could start as late as Dec. 8.

The 30-year-old Canadian rapper, real name Daystar Peterson, is charged with one count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The charges include allegations that he personally used a firearm and inflicted serious bodily harm.

During a preliminary hearing last year, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Ryan Stogner said he spoke with Megan Thee Stallion and she told him she heard Lanez say: “Dance, b****,” before shooting her at around 4:30 a.m. on July 12, 2020, as the bikini-clad woman exited a Cadillac SUV for the second time that morning following a ‘a fight.

“No one heard, ‘Dance, b****’, but Megan?” asked defense attorney Shawn Holley during cross-examination.

“Correct,” replied the detective.

The victim, identified in court and in the criminal complaint only as ‘Megan P.’, said her feet were ‘bleeding profusely’ and she fell to the ground and crawled to a nearby alley, according to the detective .

She said a friend who was in the vehicle ran up to her afterward, along with Lanez, and he “emphatically apologized for what he did” and offered to drive her home .

The detective said Megan Thee Stallion told police that Lanez “offered her money” and begged her not to say anything, telling her he was on probation – which Stogner said that he could never prove.

The vehicle was later stopped by officers responding to a call of a shooting, and she initially told officers and medics that she had not been shot and that broken glass had caused injuries to the feet, according to the detective.

She told the detective she was ‘extremely scared and embarrassed’, was ‘afraid he was in trouble’ and feared the police would shoot her, but was ‘sincere’ , “visibly upset” and “in tears” when she later admitted that Lanez had shot her, Stogner testified.

Some of the bullet fragments were later removed from the woman’s feet by an orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but some still remain inside her and she reported that she was undergoing ongoing physical therapy and had difficulty walking in certain types of shoes, according to the detective.

After his arrest, Lanez phoned the victim’s friend while she was waiting in the hospital and “he continued to apologize for the incident that happened” and explained that he was basically drunk, the investigator said.

In an outburst from across the courtroom during the December 14 hearing, Lanez asked aloud how the detective could tell why he was apologizing during the call.

“Does he say something in the jail call about shooting?” Holley asked the detective.

“No,” Stogner replied.

The injured woman, who was bleeding, and Lanez were among four people in the SUV that was pulled over about a mile from the scene where gunshots were reported, according to LAPD Officer Sandra Cabral.

A “hot to the touch” handgun was discovered inside the vehicle, and four spent shell casings were later found at the scene, Cabral said.

In a video posted to Instagram Live after the shooting, Megan Thee Stallion said, “Tory shot me. You shot me and made your publicist and your people lie… Stop lying.

She said officers took her to hospital, where she underwent surgery, and added that she was “incredibly grateful to be alive”.

In an op-ed published in The New York Times, she wrote that she had “recently been the victim of an act of violence by a man” and that she had initially kept silent about what had happened” out of fear for me and my friends”. ”

“Even as a victim, I was met with skepticism and judgment,” she wrote. “The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears of discussing what happened were, unfortunately, justified.”

The rapper, real name Megan Pete, rose to fame in part through widely shared freestyle videos on Instagram. Her song “Savage” went viral on TikTok and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2020, while her provocative collaboration with Cardi B on “WAP” garnered her more attention.

At a hearing on April 5, the judge increased Lanez’s bail from $250,000 to $350,000 in connection with the rapper’s alleged violation of the terms of a pretrial protective order.

The judge then agreed with Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ta’s assertion that some of Lanez’s social media posts appeared to be messages intended for Megan Thee Stallion, with Herriford ordering that Lanez make no further public mentions of him. his fellow rapper.

Lanez spent approximately five hours in police custody that day until the new bond was posted on his behalf.

In a post last year on Twitter, Lanez wrote, “I have every confidence in God to show that… love to all my fans and the people who have stuck with me and know my heart… an accusation n is not a condemnation.”

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