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Megan Thee Stallion took the stand as a witness for the prosecution during the assault trial of singer Tory Lanez in Los Angeles Superior Court today, speaking for the first time in candid detail about the night Lanez allegedly shot the Houston rapper in the feet in 2020 and the event’s lingering effects on her. her career.
As the prosecution’s lead witness, the Houston rapper, real name Megan Pete, described her account of the night of July 12, 2020, saying in the recording that the assault was the result of an argument with Linz, real name Daystar Peterson, and Kelsey Harris, her best friend and former assistant, while driving. Home from the Hollywood Hills pool party in the early morning hours.
Dressed in a purple suit with a red bottom, black stilettos and a black hairstyle, Pete, 27, testified that the shooting and its aftermath affected her health, both physically and mentally. “I can’t even be happy,” she said, in a staccato voice during her afternoon testimony. “I can’t hold conversations with people for long. I don’t feel like I want to be on this earth. I wish he would have shot and killed me, if I had known I would have to go through this torture.”
The Grammy winner recounted that she and Peterson had an intimate but not exclusive relationship in 2020, a relationship Harris was unaware of at the time. Pete knew Harris had “a crush” on Tori, so she hid the relationship. (When asked specifically why she hadn’t previously disclosed the nature of her relationship with Peterson, Pitt said she was embarrassed, “Because it’s disgusting at this point. How can I share my body with someone who could do that to me?”)
The fight in the car began when Peterson alluded to the affair with Harris and then tried to turn the two women against each other, calling them “whores and hoes” in the car.
Pitt testified that after exiting the car a second time on the way home, Peterson yelled at her, “Dance you bitch”, then fired five shots at her from the passenger side, hitting her in the feet. “I was shocked. I felt hurt. I wasn’t sure if this was really happening. I looked at my feet and saw blood and fell to the ground,” the WAP star testified.
When asked explicitly about changing her story to the police on the night of the shooting—from stepping on glass to Peterson’s alleged shooting—Pete gave context for her choice of the moment, starting with her distrust of the police.
“I don’t feel safe in the car. I don’t feel safe with the police,” a tearful Bette said as she described the aftermath of the accident, when the officers, Peterson, Harris and Jaquan Smith, Peterson’s bodyguard, responded to her. Get out of the car you’re parked in.
The climate of 2020, the killing of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, said Pitt, who said she grew up deeply suspicious of cops: “In the black community — in my community — it’s not really acceptable to be cooperating with police officers.”
Pete then spoke briefly about “not believing women when they speak”. Peterson’s attorney, George Magdisian, objected on the grounds that the comment was incidental to the case.
Besides the fear of the police and questions surrounding the survivors’ credibility, Pete also shared the concern that implicating Peterson could negatively affect her hip-hop career.
“This situation was worse for me and made him more famous,” Pitt said during his morning deposition. “Because I’ve been shot, I’ve turned into a kind of villain, and he’s the victim. It’s ruined my whole life… This whole industry situation is like a big boy club… I’m telling one of your friends, now you’re about to hate me.”
Pete testified that she crawled into the driveway to the left of the SUV after she was shot, but eventually returned to the vehicle. In her testimony, she said that while the group was walking away, Peterson immediately told Harris and Pete that he would give them $1 million if they didn’t tell the police and say he was on probation for a previous weapons offense. Throughout the trial, Peterson’s defense said repeatedly that Peterson was never on probation.
The afternoon’s cross-examination reached a boiling point when defense attorney Majdisian indicated in his cross-examination that Pitt’s career had taken off since this shooting, and he even used scary quotes about the word “shot.” Pete replied, “Why did you do that [gestures scare quote] I was shot.”
While Pitt was on the stand, Peterson, dressed in a cream suit and white turtleneck, sat silently on the defense chair, sporadically taking notes and avoiding all eye contact with her.
Pitt also shared new details about her contact with Peterson after the night, saying he continued to call her after the shooting occurred to apologize. According to Pete, he texted her from an anonymous number to say he was watching her during an Instagram Live and could see the “pain in my eyes.” She said she replied, “Why are you bothering me? Why are you weird? You shot me and now you’re telling me you’re watching?”
Since social media has played such a crucial role in spurring public discussion on the issue, Pete’s revelation that Peterson saw it on Instagram was especially startling.
With each twist in this case, various media personalities and outlets, specifically gossip blogs, share unconfirmed information that has caused controversy on social media about the veracity of both Pete and Peterson’s versions of events. This online public debate materialized into real life as supporters of both artists flocked outside the courtroom to testify.
Peterson faces three criminal charges. Assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a concealed and unregistered firearm, negligent firing of a firearm. If convicted, Peterson faces up to 22 years in prison and/or possible deportation to Canada.
Kelsey Harris is scheduled to be called to the witness stand before the prosecution on Wednesday 14 December 2022.
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