Guilty or Naw? Do you think he is innocent? The 28-year-old rapper — born Daystar Peterson — entered the not guilty plea during an arraignment on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Twitter.
Tory Lanez has pleaded not guilty to shooting Megan Thee Stallion earlier this summer, according to officials. Lanez was charged with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle for an incident that took place on July 12 in the Hollywood Hills.
He is also facing a “gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury,” the DA’s office said in a press release in October.
Lanez is due back in court on Jan. 20, 2021. If convicted as charged, he could be sentenced up to 22 years and eight months in state prison.
Lanez was arrested on July 13 following the shooting. He posted $35,000 bail and was released on the same day.
Since then, Lanez has continued to deny allegations that he shot Megan, 25, in the incident.
“You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying and s—. Stop lying,” she said at the time, as captured by a fan’s account on Twitter. “Why lie? I don’t understand. I tried to keep the situation off the internet, but you’re dragging it.”
According to the “WAP” rapper’s account of the evening in her recent GQ cover story, she had a gut feeling to get out of the car she was sharing with Lanez before the incident. However, when she tried to exit the vehicle and walk away, Megan said Lanez allegedly started shooting at her feet and wounded her.