Tory Lanez has responded to being charged with assault over a shooting incident involving “a female friend” in July.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the felony charges in a media release on October 8. “The rap artist known as Tory Lanez has been charged with assaulting a female friend in the Hollywood Hills earlier this year,” it reads.
Though the LA County District Attorney’s Office did not name the victim, the sequence of events the release describes aligns with Megan Thee Stallion‘s account of a similar incident.
“On July 12, the defendant and the 25-year-old victim got into an argument while riding in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills,” the release says. “The victim exited the vehicle and [Tory Lanez] is accused of shooting several times at her feet and wounding her.”
Lanez has been charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm – personal use of a firearm – and for carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
“The defendant also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury,” the release reads.
If found guilty, Lanez faces a maximum prison sentence of 22 years and eight months. He is set to appear in court on October 13. The case remains under investigation.
⏰ 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
In a tweet posted on October 9, Lanez said the “truth will come to the light.”
“I have all faith in God to show that,” he continued. “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 .”
Megan, meanwhile, has not yet commented on the charges.
Shortly after the incident on July 12, Megan revealed that she had been shot in the foot, opening up on how the injury left her “hurt and traumatised” and describing the surgery she underwent to have bullets removed. She did not identify the accused at the time.
However, in August, Megan claimed that Tory Lanez was the person who shot her, taking to Instagram Live to say “You shot me. And you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying and shit. Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand.”
In September, Tory denied the allegations by releasing an entire album, ‘DAYSTAR’, in which he addresses the situation.
“How the fuck you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?” he rapped on the album’s opening track ‘Money Over Fallouts’.
Following the album’s release, Megan’s lawyer accused Lanez and his team of launching a “smear campaign” against her.
In addition, Lanez’s team was accused of impersonating a top employee at Megan’s label – 300 Entertainment – and sending fake emails that painted Lanez in a favourable light.