Jailed artist Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for shooting popular rap star Megan Thee Stallion. The sentence came down on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California.
NBC reported Circuit Court Judge David Herriford handed down his sentence in front of a visibly “stunned” Tory Lanez. The judge addressed the court by saying these words…
“Sometimes good people do bad things. Actions have consequences, and there are no winners in this case.”
Herriford said his decision was difficult because it was hard to reconcile Lanez’s heinous actions with the charitable, philanthropic family man Lanez and his lawyers portrayed in a carefully crafted video played in the courtroom, just before the judge handed down his sentence.
Finally humbled, Lanez told the court…
“If I could change it, I would, but I can’t. Everything I did that night, I take full responsibility. I truly am just trying to be a better person.”
Tory Lanez, now 31 years old, accepted his responsibility for the shooting in front of the judge and fittingly showed remorse for what he did. This, after initially denying he shot Megan, 28 years old, in the first place.
In the beginning, the “Say It” artist blamed his victim. He also tried to convince his fans there was a mysterious music industry cabal out to get him, led by JAY-Z.
The multi-platinum singer, rapper, and producer was convicted December 22, 2022 of three charges: assault with a semi-automatic firearm; carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
The evidence showed that Lanez shot at Megan five times from behind, as he yelled at her… “Now dance bit**!” as they were leaving a late night party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills mansion.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Lanez to at least 13 years behind bars. They contended Lanez did nothing but lie about the incident and harass the “WAP” superstar. The D.A. told the judge…
“Not only did the defendant do the heinous act of shooting her; he then subjected her to two and a half years of hell.”
Megan Thee Stallion had to undergo emergency surgery to save her foot after doctors had a look at her. The injury could easily have ruined her burgeoning stardom and did put a pause on her career for quite some time.
While she is on the mend, Megan said this in a letter to the court, just before Lanez’ sentencing…
“I struggle with being present. After everything that occurred I cannot bring myself back to being in the same room with Tory. I’ve been tormented and terrorized. He paid bloggers to disseminate false information, he treated my trauma like a joke when I could’ve been dead.”
The rap star continued…
“[Tory] blamed the system, he blamed the press, and as of late he is using his childhood trauma to justify his actions. Slowly but surely, I’m healing. But I’ll never be the same. His crime warrants the full weight of the law.”
Megan Thee Stallion has had to deal with a formidable misogynistic backlash ever since Lanez was first arrested. Much of it is believed to be mysogynior – a particularly nasty form of misogyny aimed at successful black women.
To the point… On the night she was shot, Megan was particularly vulnerable. She was a woman in the middle of the night and dressed in a barely-there bikini, facing off with a hostile ‘best friend’ and an intoxicated, wild man who literally shot her with his gun.
Yet, most fans and most of Megan’s music industry peers somehow rationalized the mutalization of her limb by gunshot blast as being her own fault.
That reality is most assuredly a clear example of how misogyny truly works.
Until the next time it drips…