An argument involving Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion in July resulted in the first rapper behind bars after police arrested him for finding a gun in his car, and the latter in the hospital after reports said Lanez allegedly shot her.
Earlier on Saturday night (July 11), Megan documented hanging poolside with Lanez and Kylie Jenner on her Instagram Live. Police later arrested Lanez for a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle on Sunday, July 12 when officers found the weapon in his SUV after receiving a disturbance call outside a Hollywood Hills residence around 4:00 a.m.
According to TMZ‘s initial report, an argument ensued and someone fired shots in the air before taking off in the vehicle, where police later found the “Hot Girl” rapper and another woman.
TMZ reported Megan (real name Megan Pete) had a cut on her foot from the broken glass of the car, but she set the record straight on Wednesday, July 15 when she detailed suffering “multiple gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me.” The 25-year-old artist explained she was not arrested at the time but was driven to the hospital to undergo surgery to remove the bullets from her foot.
Following Megan’s Instagram post, her friend Kelsey Nicole, who was the other woman found in the car, came forward on her own social media to also set the record straight. “I want to clear up the the rumors that I shot Megan. I WASN’T the one with the gun and would never do something like that . However I was present,” she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.
Additionally, the Suga rapper’s producer Lil Ju Made The Beat posted a series of tweets about the incident, one of which directly targeted Lanez in a since-deleted post, “@torylanez count your f—ing days,” he wrote. The hitmaker later told his followers not to believe that The New Toronto 3 rapper “was defending her,” after a fan wrote a since-deleted account of her representatives saying Lanez was protecting the “Girls in the Hood” artist.
I hope y’all don’t believe he was defending her! This a bullshit story https://t.co/441zNsGq8I
— Max Julian (@LilJuMadeDaBeat) July 16, 2020
And snitching is talking to the police.
— Max Julian (@LilJuMadeDaBeat) July 16, 2020
Page Six reported on Thursday, July 16 that Lanez allegedly shot her from inside the SUV “while Megan was outside trying to leave.” The source also claimed police were investigating the video footage. “This is a case of a man physically harming and abusing a woman,” read the report.
Lanez (real name Daystar Peterson) was released the morning of July 16 after posting a $35,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 13.
On Friday, July 17, Megan made another statement on social media after memes about her shooting circulated the internet. “Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own,” she tweeted. “It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.”
Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own. It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) July 17, 2020
Then on July 22, media personality Draya Michele compared the situation between the two rappers to Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston‘s tumultuous relationship during an episode of the Wine & Weed Podcast. “I predict that they had some sort of Bobby and Whitney love that drove them down this type of road,” Michele said. “I’m here for it. I like that. I want you to like me so much you shoot me in the foot too.”
But Meg snapped back at her on Twitter without naming the actress. “Dumb bi— that sh– ain’t f—ing funny who tf jokes about getting shot by a n—a,” she tweeted in response before adding, “And f— all the hoe a– n—as making jokes about it too I’ll talk about sh– when I get ready.”
Dumb bitch that shit ain’t fucking funny who tf jokes about getting shot by a nigga
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) July 22, 2020
And fuck all the hoe ass niggas making jokes about it too🖕🏾 I’ll talk about shit when I get ready
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) July 22, 2020
The Basketball Wives LA star apologized for her remarks the following day on her Instagram Story. “I just want to take a min to address victims of domestic violence and abuse of any kind and just overall humans, I was wrong to insinuate that there is room for violence in loving relationships, or in any relationship for that matter,” she wrote. “I was wrong to try to find humor or make light of the situation, and understand that my joking nature was damaging and hurtful. It was poor judgment and I deeply regret it. This is a sincere apology from me to everyone.”
Less than a week after she tweeted, “I’ll talk about sh– when I get ready,” Megan tearfully addressed approximately 180,000 viewers on her Instagram Live on July 27 about her surgery addressing the gunshot wounds in her feet.
“I was shot in both of my feet, and I had to get surgery to get the sh– taken out, get the bullets taken out, and it was super scary,” she said while wiping away tears. Fortunately, she reported the bullets in both feet didn’t hit her bones nor break any tendons. During her recovery process, the rapper said she planned on protecting her energy with those she chooses to have around her while reassuring the Hotties that she’ll get back to her “own hot girl sh’–” soon.
“I just wanted y’all to know a bi— is alive and well and strong as f—. And I’m ready to get back to regular programming with my own hot girl sh–,” she said about going back to music,” but I’ve definitely learned that I don’t have to be so nice to every motherf—ing body. This ain’t gon’ stop me from being nice, it ain’t gon’ stop me from being Megan The Stallion driving the boat, doing the f— what I wanna do, having this good a– energy.”
After watching her IG Live, 50 Cent made the rare move of apologizing for making fun of the rapper by posting movie-themed memes about the shooting allegedly involving Lanez. “Da– I didn’t think this sh– was real,It sounded so crazy @theestallion i’m glad your feeling better and I hope you can accept my apology,” he tweeted. “I posted a meme that was floating around. I wouldn’t have done that if i knew you was really hurt sorry.”
👀Damn I didn’t think this shit was real,🤦♂️It sounded so crazy @theestallion i’m glad your feeling better and I hope you can accept my apology. I posted a meme that was floating around. I wouldn’t have done that if i knew you was really hurt sorry. 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/7uCsWeT662
— 50cent (@50cent) July 28, 2020
But aside from the online hate, Megan could count on her “Savage” remix partner Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lizzo to send her flowers, stuffed animals and well-wishes while she was healing. And during her healing process, she expressed excitement in celebrating her new No. 1 “WAP” collaboration with Cardi B, which landed atop the Hot 100 in the week ending Aug. 22. But social media users questioned how she was physically able to.
In a since-deleted Instagram post from Aug. 19, the “WAP” rapper shared graphic images of criss-cross stitches in her heel and the doctors inspecting them as proof she got shot alongside a statement detailing how she’s been recovering. “Lol what I have learned abt majority of the people on social media is y’all like to hear bad news before good news, a lie spreads quicker than the truth, and y’all really be believing the sh– YALL make up,” Megan wrote in the caption. “I got hit at the back of my feet because when I got shot I was WALKING AWAY FACING THE BACK. why would I lie abt getting shot? Why are y’all so upset that I don’t wanna be in the bed sad ? Why y’all upset that I can walk ?”
She continued: “I got my stitches out my feet like 2 weeks ago and I was ready to go celebrate WAP going number1… I usually don’t address internet bullsh– but y’all people are so sick! God was really watching over me and I’m healing so well! Sorry I’m not as sad and miserable as a lot of y’all lol but ima keep being Megan Thee Mf STALLION.”
On Thursday, Aug. 20, Billboard was able to confirm that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is considering whether to file charges against Lanez for allegedly shooting Megan Thee Stallion. LADA spokesperson Richardo Santiago told Billboard that they have asked law enforcement to provide a further investigation before they make the decision whether or not to file felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm charges against Lanez.
Later on Thursday, for the first time, Megan named Lanez as the individual who shot her. “Yes … Tory shot me. You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying,” she said in an Instagram Live video. “Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand.”
On Friday, Sept. 25, Lanez dropped the surprise 17-track album Daystar, which included the lead track “Money Over Fallouts,” in which he appeared to address the incident.
“Gotta see a couple questions: how the f–k you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?,” he raps on the song, whose intro features a collage of news clips about the incident. “Megan people tryna frame me for a shootin’…Knowin’ I ain’t do it but I’m comin’ at my truest.”
Lanez made his court appearance by phone in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 13, four days after he was charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. His bail was set and posted at $190,000, and he was ordered not to contact Megan Thee Stallion and to surrender all of his guns.
If convicted, the rapper faces a maximum state prison sentence of 22 years and eight months.
On November 13, Megan provided the most detailed account of the shooting incident, describing how her alleged assailant begged her to not tell police what happened and even offered money for silence.
“[At this point] I’m really scared,” Megan told GQ in their Men of the Year issue, in which she’s dubbed Rapper of the Year. “Because this is like right in the middle of all the [police brutality] protesting. Police are just killing everybody for no reason, and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.’”
A week later, Tory Lanez pleaded not guilty on Nov. 18 in the case.
— George Gascón (@LADAOffice) November 18, 2020