Rapper Megan Thee Stallion testified this week that she froze when fellow musician Tory Lanez told her to “dance, bitch” and that he shot her in the feet after she got out of an SUV in the Hollywood Hills nearly 2 1/2 years ago following a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s home.
“I’m in shock. I’m scared. I can’t believe he’s shooting at me,” she said of her fellow rapper.
Lanez — whose real name is Daystar Peterson–is charged with one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm with gross negligence and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, along with allegations that he personally used a firearm and inflicted great bodily injury on her shortly before 4:30 a.m. July 12, 2020.
In a packed downtown Los Angeles courtroom, Megan Thee Stallion said she could see Lanez holding the gun and pointing it at her and saw him shooting the gun “after he said, ‘Dance, bitch.”’
The rapper — whose real name is Megan Pete — said she felt “shock” and “hurt” and saw blood when she looked at her feet.
She said she felt pain in both of her feet, but agreed to get back in the vehicle with Lanez and two other people because she was wearing a thong bikini and felt like her manager would know what to do if she was able to get to him.
“He started apologizing,” she said of Lanez’s conduct after the shooting.
She testified that Lanez offered her $1 million not to say anything and that he said he couldn’t go to jail because he was already on probation — the latter of which defense attorney George Mgdesyan told jurors was simply not the case.
“I did not know he had a gun that night,” she said, when asked if she knew Lanez to have guns.
Megan Thee Stallion said the vehicle was stopped soon afterward by police, who ordered all of the occupants out as her feet were still bleeding. She said she told police that she had stepped on glass when they began questioning her.
“At this time, we were at the height of police brutality with George Floyd,” she said, adding that she didn’t want to see anybody die and that it was “not really acceptable” in the Black community to cooperate with police.
She told jurors that she was taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and that doctors discovered bullet fragments in both of her feet, which required surgery to remove.
“I couldn’t walk for a while,” she said. “I still have nerve damage. I can’t really feel the side of my left foot. The back of my feet are always sore, but I just push through it.”
She said she subsequently received a series of text messages from Lanez, and said she wondered, “Why are you bothering me? … You know you shot me.”
When Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta asked if she was nervous about being in court, she said, “I just don’t feel good. I can’t believe I have to come up here and do this.”