A Los Angeles jury on Friday found rapper and singer Tory Lanez guilty of three counts related to the July 2020 shooting of fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the Hollywood Hills. , the Los Angeles County District Attorney told CNN.
Prosecutors said Lanez had pleaded not guilty to assault with a semi-automatic weapon, carrying an unregistered unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and firing the firearm with gross negligence.
A jury found him guilty on all three counts.
Megan accused Lanez of shooting her in the leg after getting out of the car she was in after the altercation.
In her testimony during the trial, Megan said things were tense in the car between her, Lanes, and her former friend and assistant Kelsey Harris, reports Billboard Magazine. testified that Lannes wanted Harris to come clean about the fact that the two were intimate. Knowing that, Megan reportedly felt uncomfortable doing so.
Megan said she got out of the car when Lanez shot her.
“I start walking away and I hear Tory yelling ‘Dance, b***h,'” she testified tearfully, according to Billboard. “I was frozen. I just felt the shock. I was hurt. I looked down at my feet and saw all this blood.”
LA County DA George Gascón said in a statement to CNN following the verdict that Megan “displayed incredible courage and vulnerability” during her testimony.
“You have faced the unfair and despicable scrutiny women should never face and have inspired people across LA County and across the country.
“Women, especially black women, are afraid to report crimes such as assault and sexual violence. “It has highlighted the ways in which it was done,” Gascon added, noting that Harvey Weinstein was convicted on Monday of three of the seven counts.
He also thanked the jurors for their “time and thoughtful deliberation”.
Lanez did not present a defense during the nine-day trial.
The jury, made up of five men and seven women, began deliberations on Thursday and delivered its verdict on Friday afternoon.
According to CNN affiliate KCBS, Lanez was taken out of court by bailiffs in handcuffs after the verdict was read out. may occur.
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