DA Declares Megan Thee Stallion ‘Does Matter’ At Tory Lanez Shooting Trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California prosecutor advised jurors Wednesday that hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion would by no means have subjected herself to the torrent of public abuse she’s obtained if she wasn’t telling the reality about rapper Tory Lanez taking pictures her within the ft and wounding her in the summertime of 2020.

Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott stated the jury ought to imagine Megan’s anguish — evident in her testimony final week — and her braveness in combating by means of it. Jurors also needs to present Megan with justice by convicting Lanez, he stated, citing the scorn she obtained on-line and in elements of the hip-hop neighborhood.

“Why would she lie?” the Los Angeles County DA stated. “She’s been subjected to a stream of hate. For what? For coming forward as a victim of domestic violence?”

In his personal closing, Lanez’s protection lawyer George Mgdesyan gave jurors what he referred to as a superbly good motive for Megan to lie: Being victimized by Lanez was a greater public story than the embarrassing, doubtlessly career-damaging fact that she was shot by her finest pal — not Lanez —in a jealous dispute over him.

“Megan Pete is a liar. She lied about everything in this case from the beginning,” Mgdesyan stated. “She lied under oath here.”

He stated that Lanez really struggled with Megan’s former pal Kelsey Harris to cease her from taking pictures, and {that a} pause heard on an audio recording amid the 5 pictures fired on the night time of July 12, 2020 was proof of that.

“He was trying to protect her,” Mgdesyan stated.

Megan Thee Stallion whose authorized identify is Megan Pete arrives at courtroom to testify within the trial of rapper Tory Lanez on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Mgdesyan mocked Megan’s expertise within the years that adopted.

“It’s been so bad for her,” he stated. “She’s won Grammys. She’s had number ones on the Billboard charts.

“You know who it’s been bad for? That man right there,” Mgdesyan stated, pointing at Lanez. “He hasn’t been able to work. He’s had to go through this with his family for 2 1/2 years.”

The Canadian rapper Lanez, 30, whose authorized identify is Daystar Peterson, has pleaded not responsible to discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a car. The counts may result in as much as 22 years in jail and deportation.

Bott stated Megan’s testimony was in itself adequate to convict, however it’s supported by layers of different proof, together with the accounts of different eyewitnesses and apologies from Lanez.

Megan testified that she left a gathering on the Hollywood Hills house of Kylie Jenner in an SUV with Lanez, his bodyguard and Harris. Megan and Harris have since grow to be estranged.

She stated a dispute broke out that led to her insulting Lanez’s music, which made him particularly offended. She testified that as she started strolling away from the SUV, he fired at her ft and yelled, “dance, b――!”

Megan needed to have surgical procedure to take away bullet fragments.

When Harris took the stand, she stated she didn’t keep in mind seeing Lanez taking pictures the gun, and that she solely assumed he did when she despatched a textual content minutes later saying “Tory shot Megan” to a person who labored as safety for Megan. She denied taking pictures the gun herself.

However prosecutors had been then allowed to play an interview Harris did with them in September, wherein she clearly recognized Lanez because the shooter.

Daystar Peterson, the Canadian rapper known as Tory Lanez, is free on bail after being charged with felony assault for allegedly shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion at her feet.
Daystar Peterson, the Canadian rapper often called Tory Lanez, is free on bail after being charged with felony assault for allegedly taking pictures rapper Megan Thee Stallion at her ft.

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In an e-mail to The Related Press, Harris’ lawyer Daniel Nardoni wouldn’t touch upon her position, saying he urged her to invoke her fifth Modification rights on the stand, regardless of partial immunity offered by prosecutors.

Mgdesyan requested jurors to weigh the chance of violence stemming from insulting somebody’s music or a dispute between two girls over a person.

“What’s more likely to lead to a shooting?” he stated.

He advised jurors it was clear Megan was mendacity as a result of she denied being in a dispute of any significance with Harris, regardless of a protection witness who noticed the stopped SUV from his close by balcony and stated he noticed the 2 girls within the automobile violently combating. The witness, Sean Kelly, additionally testified that he noticed muzzle flashes come from a girl because the pictures had been fired.

However prosecutors additionally used the testimony of the person, who stated he noticed a small man “firing everywhere.”

Mgdesyan stated Megan had modified over time to say she walked towards the entrance of the SUV somewhat than the again, in order that it might match her description of Lanez firing at her from over the open automobile door. He stated she invented the “dance, b――!” line, which no else testified to listening to, to clarify why she was wanting over her shoulder to see he was doing the taking pictures.

Rapper Tory Lanez, 30, walks out of the courthouse while holding his five-year-old son Kai'Lon on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Canadian rapper has pleaded not guilty to discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
Rapper Tory Lanez, 30, walks out of the courthouse whereas holding his five-year-old son Kai’Lon on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Canadian rapper has pleaded not responsible to discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a car.

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The lawyer used the picture to joke about his consumer’s measurement.

“He’s 5-foot-2, I don’t know if he can even get over a car to shoot!” Mgdesyan stated, bringing amusing from Lanez, who watched from the protection desk in a blue swimsuit and black turtleneck.

Mgdesyan advised the decide earlier within the day that Lanez wouldn’t testify. The protection was set to complete its closings on Thursday, with the jury getting the case after the prosecution’s rebuttal.

Bott ended his presentation Wednesday with a quote from Megan’s testimony, wherein she stated there have been occasions that “I wish he would have just shot and killed me.”

“Megan does matter,” Bott stated. “This case matters. Hold him accountable for shooting Megan over nothing more than a bruised ego.”

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