Megan Thee Stallion’s boyfriend Pardi helps her amid trial

Rapper Pardison “Pardi” Fontaine publicly supported girlfriend Megan Thee Stallion on Thursday amid a Los Angeles jury’s deliberations over whether or not rapper Tory Lanez shot the “Savage” emcee within the foot two years in the past.

“To any woman especially ones of color that has suffered an injustice I feel for you,” Fontaine wrote Thursday in an Instagram story.

“[W]hen you do find the courage to speak up.. it seems you will be ridiculed.. your credibility will [be] questioned.. your entire past will be held under a magnifying glass.. in an instant you can go from victim to defendant in the eyes of the public,” the “Backin’ It Up” rapper continued.

“To any one with a daughter sister mother niece or aunt.. I pray for their protection.. I pray for their covering.. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” he wrote.

Fontaine, who has been courting Megan for greater than two years, is the most recent to talk up on behalf of his “Savage Remix” collaborator. On Wednesday, conservative commentator Candace Owens shocked many when she threw her assist behind the three-time Grammy winner by saying that “what is playing out with Megan Thee Stallion in her real life… is one of the most hideous things I’ve ever seen.”

Megan Thee Stallion, whose actual identify is Megan Pete, isn’t the individual on trial however often seemed to be main as much as the contentious nine-day proceedings. The “Hot Girl Summer” rapper has undergone a wave criticism from her friends rooted in misogynoir since asserting that she was shot within the Hollywood Hills in July 2020 and later naming Lanez because the alleged shooter.

Scrutiny was renewed when Lanez’ assault trial started earlier this month, particularly when Megan took the witness stand in a downtown L.A. courtroom final week.

The swaggering performer behind hits equivalent to “WAP” and “Body” was usually on the verge of cracking throughout her emotional four-hour testimony on Dec. 13, speaking about suicide, melancholy and her regrets over coming ahead concerning the taking pictures, which landed her in a hospital with bullet fragments in her ft.

“I wish he would’ve just shot and killed me if I knew I was going to have to go through this torture,” the 27-year-old testified.

Lanez, 30, a Canadian hip-hop star whose actual identify is Daystar Peterson, has been charged with assault with a firearm, unlawful weapons possession and negligent discharge of a gun. If convicted, he faces greater than 22 years in jail.

However his protection staff has tried to shift the blame towards Megan’s estranged greatest good friend, Kelsey Harris, who was additionally current the evening of the taking pictures. Lanez’ legal professional argued that Harris exploded following an alcohol-fueled revelation that each ladies had been sleeping with Lanez. Harris, who isn’t on trial, supplied jurors conflicting accounts of what allegedly transpired that evening within the Hollywood Hills.

In the meantime, the case has reignited discussions about misogyny within the male-dominated hip-hop business, during which Megan has ascended with a discography of songs about highly effective ladies, particularly highly effective Black ladies. Lanez additionally launched a whole document denying the taking pictures, and extra lately, fellow Canadian rapper Drake hinted that he didn’t imagine Megan’s accusations towards Lanez on the monitor “Circo Loco.”

Closing arguments within the case had been heard Wednesday, and the jury — consisting of seven ladies and 5 males — started deliberations on Thursday. A verdict may very well be handed down as quickly as Friday.

Instances workers writers James Queally and Jonah Valdez contributed to this report.