Rapper Tory Lanez charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Thursday indicted rapper Tory Lanez for shooting artist Megan Thee Stallion during an argument earlier this year.
Lanez is accused of shooting and beating Megan Thee Stallion's feet after she got off an SUV during a fight in the Hollywood Hills on July 12.
He faces two crimes - attacking with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The complaint states that Lanez "inflicted serious physical injuries" on Megan Thee Stallion.
A message sent to Lanez's representative was not immediately returned.
Lanez, a 27-year-old Canadian rapper and singer who goes by the legal name Daystar Peterson, is due to be indicted Tuesday in Los Angeles. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of around 23 years.
Lanez was arrested the night of the shooting but was released after bail was posted. Prosecutors recommend setting his bail at $ 1.1 million on his indictment.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, is identified only as Megan P. in the criminal complaint.
She had refused to name Lanez as the person she had been shooting on social media posts and videos on the subject for over a month. But on August 20, she said in an Instagram video, "Yeah ... Tory shot me" and urged him to "stop lying" about the incident.
She has discussed the filming in several often emotional Instagram videos and described it as "super scary" and "the worst experience of my life".
She refused to tell police that night that she had been shot, and initial reports only said one woman had injuries to her feet due to broken glass. She said she was too scared the situation would have escalated if she told the police that there had been shooting.
Lanez did not speak publicly about the incident. On September 24th, he said on his social media accounts that he would break his silence that evening, but that announcement turned out to be a teaser for the release of his fifth studio album, "Daystar".
Lanez did not achieve the fame that Megan the Stallion has, but had a Billboard Top 20 hit with “Luv” in 2016 and a successful series of mixtapes and major label records since the beginning of his career in 2009.
At the time of filming, Megan Thee Stallion was already a major hip-hop star after a triumphant year in which she was nominated for Artist of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Since filming, her guest appearance on Cardi B's song "WAP" has helped make the track - and music video - a huge cultural phenomenon, and she starred on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live."
Entertainment writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report.
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