Why Tory Lanez Was Arrested Amid Megan Thee Stallion Case

Tory Lanez was handcuffed and taken into custody during a court appearance on Tuesday, after he allegedly violated the terms of a pretrial protective order.

The Canadian rapper, real name Daystar Peterson, appeared in court in Los Angeles in connection with his felony assault case, amid allegations that he shot Megan Thee Stallion in her feet in 2020 .

He pleaded not guilty.

By rolling stoneJudge David Herriford increased Lanez’s bail from $250,000 to $350,000.

He found the star, 29, violated court orders that prohibited him from harassing or contacting Megan Thee Stallion (real name Megan Pete) or discussing the discovery of the affair with third parties, following to the appearance of several tweets last month.

During the hearing, Lanez’s attorney, Shawn Holley, argued that his client had provided no findings in the case to YouTube personality DJ Akademiks, who tweeted on February 23: “The Tory Lanez’s DNA was not found on the weapon in the Meg Thee Stallion case. .”

“What he said is incorrect,” Holley said in court Tuesday, referring to the tweet that has since been deleted.

“What [DJ Akademiks] said is that DNA was not found on the weapon. And in fact, the gun swab says ‘inconclusive’, that there were four contributors.”

In another tweet, DJ Akademiks said: “I’ve seen this document myself…it literally says it was inconclusive to find any Tory DNA on the gun or magazine. “

Drawing attention to the tweet, Holley argued that it was also incorrect, as “the magazine swab indicates that Mr Peterson has been ruled out”.

“If he had seen this document, he probably would have understood,” she said, calling the tweets “chatter” in “a medium that is almost inherently unreliable.”

According to the publication, Lanez spent approximately five hours in police custody before being released on bail. rolling stone quoted Lanez saying he felt “incredible” before leaving the courthouse in his Lamborghini.

Despite those claims, Lanez shared follow-up posts at the time, including one that read, “Ak doesn’t lie.”

Referring to Lanez’s comments, Judge Herriford said: “The court cannot find that the defendant distributed anything, but it appears that he breached the order prohibiting him from making statements regarding Discovery.”

Holley in turn argued that Megan also discussed the high-profile affair on her many social media outlets, with some of her comments proving to be “prejudicial” to Lanez.

However, Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ta countered that Lanez’s apparent endorsement of DJ Akademiks’ tweets about DNA on the weapon in question was “his way of moving forward and manipulating the narrative.”

Ta added that Megan has “received death threats” and been “constantly harassed” due to Lanez’s “line of conduct”.

Following the hearing, Holley said prosecutors requested that Lanez’s bond be revoked entirely or increased to $5 million. “We are pleased that the court has dismissed these outrageous claims,” ​​Holley said. People.

In October 2020, Lanez was charged “with one count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm – personal use of a firearm – and carrying a loaded and unloaded firearm. recorded in a vehicle,” according to the district attorney.

He pleaded not guilty in November 2020.

“The defendant also faces a firearms allegation and that he personally inflicted serious bodily harm,” the statement continued. “On July 12, the accused and the 24-year-old victim got into an argument while driving in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills. The victim exited the vehicle and Peterson is accused of shooting multiple times in his feet and hurting her.”

Lanez faces a maximum of 22 years and eight months behind bars for the charges.

The next court hearing is scheduled for September.

Tory Lanez (L) was handcuffed and taken into custody following a hearing at a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday when he was found guilty of breaching a pretrial protective order. The rapper had pleaded not guilty to shooting Megan Thee Stallion (R) in her feet in July 2020.
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