Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, is accused of shooting at Megan Thee Stallion's feet several times and wounding her on July 12 in Hollywood Hills. In the felony complaint, the victim is called Megan P. Megan the Stallion's birth name is Megan Pete.
Lanez faces two felony charges — assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
On Friday, Lanez took to Twitter to speak out about the charges.
"the truth will come to the light," he wrote. "I have all faith in God to show that ... love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart ... a charge is not a conviction . If you have supported me or meg thru this , I genuinely appreciate u."
⏰ will 🗣 ... and the truth will come to the light ... I have all faith in God to show that ... love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart ... a charge is not a conviction . If you have supported me or meg thru this , I genuinely appreciate u .
— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) October 9, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion declined to name Lanez as the person who injured her until August, when, after sharing graphic photos of her injuries, she told fans, "Yes, this (expletive) Tory shot me." The rapper continued: "You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying … stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand."
She added at the time, "Even though he shot me, I tried to spare him. … He’s not in jail because I didn’t tell the (police) what happened as soon as it happened and I should have."
Lanez didn't publicly respond to the accusations at the time, but a month later said on social media that he would break his silence. It turned out he was teasing a new 17-song album that opened with the track "Money Over Fallouts." In the song, he responded to the allegations, addressing Megan Thee Stallion and alluding to having feelings for her.
"Girl, you had the nerve to write that statement on an affidavit / Knowing I ain't do it but I'm coming at my truest … Look at how you doing me, people trying to ruin me. And what's even worse is I'm still thinking about you and me."
Lanez, 28, is known for his successful run of mixtapes and 2016 song "Luv" that was a Billboard top 20 hit. Megan Thee Stallion, 25, is a major hip-hop star who rapped on No. 1 song "WAP" with Cardi B, remixed her viral TikTok hit "Savage" with Beyoncé, was nominated for artist of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards and performed Oct. 3 on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live." The same day that the charges against Lanez were announced, she posted about giving away two $10,000 scholarships to women of color pursuing degrees.
Lanez is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of roughly 23 years.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives of Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion for comment.
Contributing: Associated Press; Cydney Henderson, Sara Moniuszko, Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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