Tory Lanez was handcuffed and remanded in custody in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday after a judge found he violated protection orders in his assault case, which involved allegations that he shot Megan Thee Stallion in her feet for almost two years ago.
Judge David Herriford revoked Lanez’s $ 250,000 bail and raised it to $ 350,000 after hearing nearly an hour of arguments and finding that Lanez violated court orders forbidding him to contact or harass Megan or discuss any findings in the case with outside parties.
The “Say It” rapper had a farmer with him for the morning hearing and spent about five hours in custody. When he had been treated and released, he climbed behind the wheel of a waiting Lamborghini and told Rolling stones he felt “amazing” before driving off.
Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, has pleaded not guilty in the high-profile case dating back to July 2020. He appeared in court wearing a black tuxedo jacket over a black turtleneck and was accompanied by his father and several friends.
His lawyer, Shawn Holley, claimed that Lanez did not give a third-party Twitter user and YouTube personality known as DJ Akademiks any discovery in the case, before Akademiks tweeted on February 23 that “Tory Lanez’s DNA was not found on the weapon in Meg “and Your Stallion Case.”
“What he said is wrong,” Holley said in court Tuesday, referring to the now-deleted tweet that caused a firestorm on social media. “What (DJ Akademiks) said is that the DNA was not found on the weapon. And in fact, the pistol of the pistol suggests that it is ‘not unambiguous’ that there were four contributors.”
Holley also referred to one follow-up February 23 tweet from DJ Akademiks, who read: “I even saw this doc .. it literally says that it was not unique to find Tory DNA on the gun or the magazine.” Holley claimed it was also false because “the magazine’s cotton swab indicates that Mr. Peterson was excluded.”
“If he had seen this document, he probably would have gotten it right,” she argued, calling tweets “talkative” in “a medium that is almost in itself unreliable.”
“The court can not conclude that the defendant has distributed anything, but it appears that he violated the order prohibiting him from making any statements about discovery,” Judge Herriford said, citing follow-up statements from Peterson, including one, which read: “Alas do not lie.”
Holley claimed that Megan has also used her significant presence on social media to talk about the case, and some of her comments have been “harmful” to Peterson. But Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Ta claimed that Peterson’s alleged endorsement of DJ Academy’s DNA tweets was “his way of moving forward and manipulating the narrative.” She said Megan has “received death threats” and has been “constantly harassed” because of Peterson’s “behavior”.
Judge Herriford remanded Peterson in the sheriff’s custody with the higher bail after saying the prosecutor’s request to lock the musician inside without bail was “extreme”. The judge added a new “crystal clear” condition to release, saying Peterson “can not mention the complaining witness in this case in any social media.”
“The DA did not request a bail or, alternatively, a $ 5 million bail, and the court rejected those arguments and increased the bail to $ 350,000. And that bail is being provided now,” Holley said after the hearing.
“I’m here because this is my son. I’m the first person outside anyone present the day to hear about this. I believe in him. I believe in his innocence,” said Peterson’s father, Sonstar Peterson Rolling stones.
The high-profile case is now on its way to a preliminary trial on September 14, after a former judge at an initial court hearing in December ruled that prosecutors had enough evidence to justify summoning a jury.
At the hearing in December, an LAPD detective testified that Peterson allegedly fired a semi-automatic 9mm pistol at the ground near Megan’s feet and injured the “Savage” singer during an altercation that followed their departure from a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s house.
Detective Ryan Stogner said he was assigned the case two days after the shooting and interviewed Megan over the phone on July 16, 2020 and then again on November 12, 2020. He said Megan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, remembered having been witness. Peterson presses the trigger.
“As she left the vehicle, she heard Mr. Peterson shouting obscenities at her, and he said, ‘Dance, bitch!’ And then he started firing a weapon at her, “Stogner testified.
“(Megan) observed Mr. Peterson holding a firearm, and then she observed him start firing,” Stogner said. “Megan immediately felt pain in her feet, observed blood, fell to the ground and then crawled to an adjacent driveway to a residence … She described her injuries as bleeding profusely.”
Holley then cross-examined Stogner for the defense, grilled him over his interviews with Pete, and evoked testimony that the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper was involved in a dispute with his friend and former assistant Kelsey Harris, who was another passenger in the black Cadillac Escalade, shortly before the shooting.
Holley suggested Harris “had a romantic interest in Tory” and became jealous when Peterson allegedly claimed during the drive home that he and Pete were in “an intimate relationship”.
Holley went on to suggest that Harris may have been in possession of the gun when it fired because investigators found gunshot wounds to her hand. The lawyer also said a man who witnessed the shooting from a nearby residence said he believed the muzzle was closest to the woman who was not the victim at the time of the shooting.
During further questioning of Ta in December last year, Stogner said remnants of shots could be transferred to a person who is “near” a gun that has been fired. Stogner also raised questions about the credibility of the eyewitness’ testimony, saying the man reported seeing two men and a woman physically beat Pete.
“He thought they were trying to kill her. He said it looked like a serious beating,” Stogner testified. “He had mentioned that it was the two males who hit the female on the ground.”
Peterson was arrested after the shooting by officers who responded to a “shot fired” call near the 1800 block of Nichols Canyon Road. He was reported on suspicion of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and he was released hours later after making his first bail of $ 35,000.
Pete did not publicly identify Peterson as her alleged assailant for weeks, but finally named him more than a month later in an Instagram post.
“Tory shot me. You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people to go to these blogs, lying,” she said in the video released on August 20, 2020. “Stop lying. Why lie “I do not understand. I tried to keep the situation away from the Internet, but you pull it off.”
She said, “Even though he shot me, I tried to spare him. And you do not spare me. It’s crazy.”
Immediately after the shooting, Pete was vague about what happened. Stogner testified that she initially told the responding officers that she cut her feet on glass. She did this because she was worried about how police would react if they knew Peterson, a black man, had a firearm in the car, she reportedly told Stogner.
She said she was extremely scared and embarrassed at the time, and due to the fact that she was friends with the accused, she was afraid he would get into trouble and she also expressed some concerns regarding the political climate. regarding police and shootings, ”Stogner testified. “She was afraid that there had been recent police shootings and she described her concern that the police might be shooting the accused as he had just committed a shooting.”
Peterson, 29, was formally charged on Oct. 8, 2020, with one charge of assaulting the Houston-bred performer with a semi-automatic firearm in a manner that “personally inflicted major bodily harm,” and one charge of carrying a concealed, loaded , and unregistered firearms in a vehicle.
His next trial date is set for June 9.