Pete testified that Peterson apologized after the shooting and said, “Please don’t say anything. I’ll give you all a million dollars. I can’t go to jail. I’ve been caught with a gun before.” She then admitted to lying to police about why she was wounded, claiming she stepped on glass. “This was the height of police brutality and George Floyd and when I said this man just shot me, I didn’t know if they would shoot first and ask questions later,” Pete said.
Lanez faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all three counts. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Yesterday, during his opening arguments, Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Alexander Bott told jurors that Megan Thee Stallion was shot by Tory Lanez, according to Rolling Stone. Bott alluded to witnesses at the scene who will reportedly corroborate their version of events in court, including Kelsey Harris. As previously reported, Harris allegedly texted Pete’s bodyguard saying “Help,” “Tory shot Meg,” and “911.” These messages were reportedly shown in court.
Bott also played part of a voicemail in which Tory Lanez apologized and admitted he was intoxicated at the time of the shooting but did not admit firing the gun, the Los Angeles Times reports. The court was also shown a text from Lanez to Pete, which read in part, “Shit should never have happened and I can’t change what I did,” according to the LA Times.
Tory Lanez’s defense attorney George G. Mgdesyan reportedly said Megan Thee Stallion and Kelsey Harris had both had sexual relations with Lanez and that it affected their narratives of the incident. Mgdesyan also said that Pete and Lanez started fighting during the party at Kylie Jenner’s house and that Corey Gamble, who appears to have witnessed some of the argument, will take a stand.
Lanez was arrested in July 2020 on a covert firearms charge. Two charges were later added: assault with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. When the court case began earlier this month, prosecutors added another charge of negligently discharging a firearm.
Megan Thee Stallion named Tory Lanez as her alleged attacker a month after she claimed she was shot in the foot. In an interview with Gayle King earlier this year, she further described the experience and her injuries.