Tory Lanez Passes on Plea Deal in Megan Thee Stallion Assault Case
The accused rapper is set to appear in a preliminary hearing on December 14
Published Nov 03, 2021Tory Lanez and his attorney have not reached a plea deal in the felony assault case concerning allegations that he shot Megan the Stallion in the foot last summer, and thus, a judge has set a date next month for the Brampton-hailing rapper's preliminary hearing ahead of a trial.
As Rolling Stone reports, the artist born Daystar Peterson's defence lawyer Shawn Holley appeared in a Los Angeles court today, and agreed to return with her client for the hearing on December 14.
Despite early reports of "meaningful discussions" concerning a possible plea deal, Peterson and Holley have moved to bring the case to trial, maintaining his not guilty plea on both charges: assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
"As in every case, the lawyers for the parties discuss the possibility of resolving the case. This case is no different. That said, our position as to what did and did not happen in this matter remains unchanged," Holley said in a statement to Rolling Stone.
LA County Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta has reportedly set aside 90 minutes for the testimony next month. If convicted, Peterson faces 22 years and eight months in prison, according to prosecutors.
As Megan recalls the events that led to today, she was with Peterson in a car on their way to a party in July 2020. She had tried to leave after an argument broke out. Her phone battery was dead and she was in a bikini, so she decided to get back in the car. Then, she claimed she tried to walk away a second time when Lanez allegedly started shooting at her.
The rapper later posted gruesome photos of her injured foot on the internet, the "result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me," as she described.