Felony assault and firearm charges were filed Thursday against rapper Tory Lanez for allegedly firing shots that wounded fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion as they were riding in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills.
Lanez — whose real name is Daystar Peterson — is set to be arraigned next Tuesday at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges include allegations that Lanez, 28, personally used a firearm and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury. He could face up to 22 years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged.
In a video posted on Instagram Live following the July 12 shooting, Megan Thee Stallion said, “… Tory shot me. You shot me and you got your publicist and your people … lying… Stop lying.”
The criminal complaint identifies the victim as “Megan P”; the 25-year-old rapper’s real name is Megan Pete.
She and Lanez got into an argument while riding in an SUV and he allegedly fired several shots at her feet as she left the vehicle.
She posted on Instagram that police officers drove her to a hospital, where she underwent surgery to remove the bullets and was “incredibly grateful to be alive.”
The Houston native, who was the musical guest during the premiere of “Saturday Night Live’s” 46th season last Saturday, gained fame in part through freestyling videos shared widely on Instagram. Her song “Savage” went viral this year on TikTok and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May.
Lanez recently released his fifth album Daystar, in which he apparently referred her in one song in which he raps, “How the f— you get shot in your foot … don’t hit no bones or tendons?”