Canadian rapper Tory Lanez was convicted of three crimes in the 2020 shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion.
The incident left the singer injured with bullet fragments in her feet.
A Los Angeles jury returned the verdict Friday after a day of deliberation.
Lanez, 30, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a weapon fired with gross negligence.
He now faces up to 22 years in prison.
Lanez, who wore a dusty pink winter coat with matching pants, showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read. He was handcuffed in the courtroom.
After the jury left the courtroom, Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, stood up and started screaming. “This wicked system is judged before Almighty God!” He shouted, as the deputies closed in on him. He then pointed to the two prosecutors handling the case and shouted, “You two are mean, mean people. You know exactly what you have done.
Deputies dragged him out of the courtroom, where he continued to scream in the hallway.
Members of the media and the public were forced to remain in the courtroom for a few minutes after the hearing while the hallway was cleared.
Bullets in his feet
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified during the trial that Lanez shot a handgun at the back of her feet and yelled at her to dance as she walked away from a SUV they were driving in the Hollywood Hills in the summer of 2020.
She said the two had an argument that got particularly heated when she started insulting his music.
She had to undergo surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet.
“The jury got it right,” Megan’s attorney Alex Spiro said. “I’m grateful there is justice for Meg.”
Lawyers for Lanez could not be found for comment outside of court. Emails sent to them and prosecutors seeking reactions to the verdict were not immediately returned.
The shooting sparked a firestorm of cultural issues and arguments that culminated during the trial, including black victims’ reluctance to speak to police, the protection of black women, gender politics in hip-hop, and toxicity online.
In closing arguments, prosecutors highlighted the courage it took for Megan to come forward and the vitriol the 27-year-old faced. They said she had no reason to tell anything other than the truth.
“Why would she lie?” said Assistant District Attorney Alexander Bott. “She was subjected to a flood of hate. Why? For coming forward as a victim of domestic violence? »
Lanez’s attorney alleged in closing argument that the shots were actually fired by Megan’s best friend Kelsey Harris in a jealous fight with Lanez, who tried to stop the shooting. The attorney, George Mgdesyan, argued that Megan created a more sympathetic narrative by pinning the shooting on Lanez.
“Megan Pete is a liar. She lied about everything in this case from the start,” Mgdesyan said. “She lied under oath here.”
Harris denied being the shooter and had previously identified Lanez as the one holding the gun. His attorney, in an email, declined to comment on his involvement.
Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and has seen a steady rise in popularity, moving on to major label albums. His last two reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was already a major rising star at the time of filming, and her notoriety has grown since. She won a Best New Artist Grammy in 2021 and had No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.” .