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Rapper Receives 10-Year Prison Sentence for 2020 Shooting of Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion Conveys Strong Sentiments Towards Tory Lanez During Sentencing
While Megan Thee Stallion did not physically attend the sentencing hearing for Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, who was found guilty of shooting and injuring her in July 2020, she made her feelings known through a pre-written statement that prosecutors read on Monday, as reported by Rolling Stone.
In her statement, Megan emphasized the importance of holding Lanez entirely responsible for his actions, which not only caused physical harm but also inflicted additional emotional distress on her. The sentencing, which resulted in Lanez receiving a 10-year prison term, reflects Megan’s stance on accountability and justice in the aftermath of the incident.
“I Struggle with Presence”: Megan Thee Stallion’s Emotionally Charged Statement on Tory Lanez
Megan Thee Stallion’s powerful statement, read by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta during Tory Lanez’s sentencing, shed light on her emotional struggles in the aftermath of the incident. Her words reflected a deep sense of turmoil and trauma:
“I struggle with being present. After everything that occurred, I cannot bring myself back to being in the same room with Tory,” the statement conveyed. “I’ve been tormented and terrorized.”
Megan’s statement further exposed the extent of her ordeal, highlighting the ways in which Lanez’s actions affected her. She expressed her feelings of betrayal, recounting that Lanez had disseminated false information through paid bloggers and treated her traumatic experience with a lack of sensitivity.
“He paid bloggers to disseminate false information, he treated my trauma like a joke when I could’ve been dead,” she declared, shedding light on the disregard for her well-being. “He blamed the system, he blamed the press, and as of late he is using his childhood trauma to justify his actions.”
Amidst her healing process, Megan emphasized that the emotional scars left behind cannot be fully erased. “Slowly but surely, I’m healing. But I’ll never be the same. His crime warrants the full weight of the law,” she asserted, highlighting the gravity of the situation and her belief in justice being served.
Megan Thee Stallion’s Candid Reflections on Tory Lanez’s Conviction
Megan Thee Stallion’s journey to healing and her resolute stance against Tory Lanez’s actions were further illuminated in a personal essay she penned for ELLE’s May 2023 issue. In her essay, Megan expressed her complex feelings about her experience:
“I don’t want to call myself a victim. As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor, because I have truly survived the unimaginable,” Megan shared. Her words encapsulated the profound impact of surviving a traumatic event, both physically and emotionally. She recounted overcoming not only the physical injury from being shot by someone she had trusted but also the subsequent public ordeal of having her reputation tarnished by that same individual.
Megan went on to underscore the significance of the verdict, not just for herself but for women who have faced similar challenges. “It was more than just vindication for me, it was a victory for every woman who has ever been shamed, dismissed, and blamed for a violent crime committed against them.” Her words captured the broader implications of the case, reflecting the collective impact of such legal outcomes.
Tory Lanez, 31, has been serving his prison sentence since being found guilty on all charges in December 2022. His conviction encompassed assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying an unregistered loaded firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. The legal proceedings and the subsequent conviction marked a significant chapter in the aftermath of the incident.
Tory Lanez Appeals Denied, New Trial Request Rejected
In March 2023, Tory Lanez pursued an appeal following his conviction, seeking a new trial. However, his efforts were met with a denial of his request for a new trial in May, as reported by FOX 11 Los Angeles, KTLA, and KABC.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford declined Lanez’s request for a new trial, ruling against his argument presented by his attorney Jose Baez. Baez had contended that the guilty verdict on charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence stemmed from procedural errors, prosecutorial misconduct, discovery violations, and inadequate legal representation.
Following the denial of the motion, Lanez reportedly addressed Judge Herriford, pleading, “Your honor, please don’t ruin my life.” The rejection of the new trial request marked a significant legal development in the ongoing aftermath of the case.