Megan Thee Stallion gave emotional testimony Tuesday in the trial of Tory Lanez, the fellow musician and former friend who allegedly shot her after a party in Los Angeles.
The Texas-born rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, has shared the most in-depth account of the moment leading up to the 2020 shooting. She described how the attack left her with constant pain in her feet and said that reliving the incident in the public eye had been “torture”.
“I don’t want to be on this Earth,” Pete said at one point during a one-day testimony. “I wish he would have shot and killed me if I knew I was going to undergo this torture.”
Pete was often overcome with emotion and sniffled as Los Angeles County Attorney Kathy Ta questioned her about the morning shooting on July 12, 2020.
Ta showed Pete and the police corps camera footage of Pete being ordered out of a large black vehicle and limping onto the sidewalk with bleeding feet. The video of the rapper crying heavily in the back of an ambulance had Pete wiping his nose as he relived it.
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“I can’t believe I have to come here and do this,” said Pete, 27, while on the witness stand.
Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, faces over 22 years in prison if he is convicted of all three felonies he faces. Peterson, 30, maintained his innocence and accused Pete of lying.
During questioning by the prosecutor, Peterson’s attorney, George Mgdesyan, argued fervently several times during Pete’s recounting of the events leading up to the car ride that precipitated the shooting.
Pete said the incident occurred after a party at Kylie Jenner’s house. An argument erupted after Peterson revealed to Pete’s longtime friend Kelsey Harris that he and Pete were close. Harris is also expected to testify during the trial.
At one point during the car ride, Peterson turned around in the vehicle and told Pete to stop lying to Harris about their relationship. Pete said Tuesday that she and Peterson had become friends after they both lost their mothers and had occasionally had sex with each other. Harris, who had a “crush” on Peterson, didn’t know about the musicians’ relationship until the verbal disagreement, Pete testified.
Peterson later called both women “whores and whores” as tensions erupted, Pete testified. The two have also fought verbally about their music careers.
Pete told the courtroom that she had asked to be let out of the car near the Hollywood Hills home she was staying at, but as she drove away, Pete said, she heard Peterson yell “dance, bitch,” and when she turned her head towards the front of him was hanging partially out of the car with a gun pointed at her. Then he started shooting.
Shortly after they left the scene, police stopped the vehicle in which Pete, Harris, Peterson and his security guard were.
Pete said Peterson had begged her and Harris not to tell police that he shot her because he had previous legal problems and didn’t want to get in trouble. Pete added that Peterson had offered the two former friends $1 million to keep quiet.
“Why don’t you worry about how I am? You just shot me! Pete remembered thinking when Peterson asked for his silence.
Peterson was eventually arrested for having a concealed weapon and after months of speculation, Pete took to Instagram Live to say Peterson had shot her.
The aftermath of the shooting took place largely online and struck a chord in the hip-hop community, exposing how the treatment and abuse of black women is largely ignored in society. During Tuesday’s testimony, Pete described the rap game as a “boys club” and said she knew she’d be hated because she “was telling a friend about y’all.”
During cross-examination, Mgdesyan focused much of his questions on the whereabouts of Pete and Peterson physically before the shooting. He also took issue with Pete’s interviews and statements to police, on social media and in a televised sit-down with Gayle King that aired on CBS in April.
Exchanges between Mgdesyan and Pete were tense, with Mgdesyan delving into the minutiae of the hours before the shooting, including how much Pete had to drink at Jenner’s house, why he insisted on leaving with Peterson, and which way Pete was walking before he Peterson presumably. he shot her.
Mgdesyan also participated in an interview Pete had with then-LAPD Detective Ryan Stogner days after the crash, in which she told police she initially didn’t know she was killed.
Pete replied that he was uncomfortable talking to police due to concerns about police violence against black people, but changed his mind when he saw Peterson and his management trying to “move forward” with the story by inserting fake news in blogs.
“I didn’t want it to be a big mess like it is now,” Pete testified of his hesitation to tell the truth at first.
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