Tory Lanez maintains innocence in Megan Thee Stallion shooting after sentencing: ‘I refuse to apologize’
Tory Lanez, the Canadian rapper, has steadfastly maintained his innocence following his sentencing to ten years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Lanez expressed his determination to not allow difficult times or jail time to break him. He emphasized that he has always proclaimed his innocence and will continue to do so, despite any attempts to twist his words. Lanez stated that he took responsibility for the verbal and intimate moments he shared with those involved in court, but he made it clear that he was not apologizing for the charges he believes he was wrongfully convicted of.
Lanez reassured his fans, friends, and family that he has faced adversity in his life before and has always emerged victorious. He conveyed his commitment to keep fighting until he comes out on top once again. He expressed gratitude towards his supporters and signed off with a promise to see them soon.
His comments came shortly after he received a ten-year prison sentence for shooting Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez was found guilty of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possessing a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence in December 2022. Originally facing a 22-year sentence, Lanez maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
The incident occurred on July 12, 2020, when Megan, her former best friend Kelsey Harris, Lanez, and his security guard left a party at Kylie Jenner’s mansion. According to the prosecution, an argument ensued between Megan and Lanez during the car ride back, leading the driver to pull over and let Megan out of the vehicle. It was then that Lanez allegedly fired shots at the ground around Megan while uttering derogatory remarks.
Lanez insisted on his innocence and pleaded not guilty to the charges. His defense attorney even claimed that it was Harris who shot Megan. However, during the sentencing, Lanez admitted to making immature comments and divulging secrets that he shouldn’t have. Megan, in a victim impact statement read by District Attorney Kathy Ta, demanded justice and accused Lanez of mocking her trauma and attempting to destroy her character.
Megan argued that Lanez initially denied the shooting, then shifted blame onto her former best friend, and most recently, used his childhood trauma as a shield to avoid accountability. Megan, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, concluded her statement by asserting that Lanez must face the full consequences of his actions and receive appropriate punishment.
Tory Lanez maintained his innocence after he was sentenced to a decade in jail for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot.
“I have never let a hard time intimidate me, I will never let no jail time eliminate me. Regardless of how they spin my words, I have always maintained my innocence and I always will,” he wrote in an Instagram post Thursday.
“This week in court I took responsibility for all verbal and intimate moments that I shared with the parties involved …. That’s it.
The Canadian rapper, 31, furthered that “in no way shape or form was I apologizing for the charges I’m being wrongfully convicted of.”
“I remain on the stance that I refuse to apologize for something I did not do,” he noted.
“I’ve faced adversity my whole life and every time it looked like I would lose, I came on top, This is nothing but another moment where my back is against the wall and I refuse to stop fighting till I come out victorious.”
He concluded his lengthy post by saying that “tough times don’t last, tough people do” before thanking his fans, friends, and family for their support.
“See you soon,” he vowed at the end.
His comment comes one day after he was sentenced to spend 10 years behind bars for shooting the “Savage” singer’s foot.
He had been found guilty of three federal charges — assault with a semiautomatic firearm, having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a firearm with gross negligence — in December 2022 and was initially facing 22 years.
On July 12, 2020, Megan, her former best friend Kelsey Harris, Lanez and his security guard left a party at Kylie Jenner’s mansion in Hollywood Hills, Calif.
On the way back, per the prosecution, Megan and Lanez got into an argument and the driver pulled over to let the “Body” rapper out of the car.
It was then that Lanez allegedly fired several shots at the ground around Megan as he shouted, “Dance, bitch!”
“I’m in shock. I’m scared,” the Houston native, 28, recalled during the trial. “I hear the gun going off, and I can’t believe he’s shooting at me.”
However, Lanez claimed he was innocent and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In fact, Lanez’s defense attorney, George Mgdesyan, claimed that it was Harris who shot Megan.
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Despite claiming he did not shoot Megan, Lanez said during the sentencing, “I said some very immature things that I shouldn’t have said. I revealed some secrets I shouldn’t have revealed.”
However, Megan called for justice when District Attorney Kathy Ta read a victim impact statement on her behalf.
“He not only shot me, he made a mockery of my trauma,” she wrote of Lanez in excerpts obtained by TheFantasyTimes. “He tried to position himself as a victim and set out to destroy my character and my soul.”
“At first, he tried to deny the shooting ever happened. Then, he attempted to place the blame on my former best friend,” she continued. “In his tantrum of lies, he’s blamed the system, blamed the press and, as of late, he’s using his childhood trauma to shield himself and avoid culpability.”
The rapper, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, concluded her statement by arguing that Lanez “must be forced to face the full consequences of his heinous actions and face justice.”