Rapper Tory Lanez has maintained his innocence and refused to apologize after being convicted for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the feet during a dispute. Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in jail this week for the incident that occurred in the Hollywood Hills.
Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, denied allegations that he ordered Megan Pete (Megan Thee Stallion) to “dance” before firing a handgun at her feet. In an Instagram post, he reiterated his innocence, stating, “I refuse to apologize for something I did not do.”
His lawyer, Jose Baez, expressed Lanez’s remorse outside the Los Angeles courthouse, describing his client as “incredibly remorseful and ashamed.” Lanez had also told the court that he takes responsibility for what he “did wrong that night,” although he didn’t specify the actions.
Lanez clarified in his Instagram post that his statement in court referred to “verbal and intimate moments” he shared, not the charges he was convicted of. Megan Thee Stallion underwent surgery due to the shooting, which took place after a party in July 2020.
During the trial, Lanez’s defense suggested that Megan’s friend, Kelsey Harris, might have been involved in the shooting. The defense plans to appeal the sentence, citing trial issues.
Lanez was convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having an unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. The judge criticized Lanez for trying to silence Megan Thee Stallion’s voice and expressed concern for her wellbeing in the aftermath of the incident.