Megan Thee Stallion gave emotional testimony on Tuesday in the trial of Tory Lanez, the fellow musician and former boyfriend who allegedly shot her after a party in Los Angeles.
The Texas-born rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, shared the most in-depth account yet of the moment leading up to the 2020 shooting. She described how the attack left her with constant pain in her feet and said she was incident in the public eye was “torture”.
“I don’t want to be on this earth,” Pete said at one point during a day-long testimony. “I wish he would have shot me if I knew I was going to endure this torture.”
Pete was often overcome with emotion and snorted softly when Los Angeles District Attorney Kathy Ta questioned her about the early morning shooting on July 12, 2020.
Ta showed Pete and the police courtroom footage of Pete being summoned out of a large black vehicle and limping to the sidewalk with bleeding feet. Video of the rapper crying profusely in the back of an ambulance caused Pete to wipe her nose as she relived it.
“I can’t believe I have to come here to do this,” said Pete, 27, as he sat on the witness stand.
Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, faces more than 22 years in prison if convicted of all three felonies he faces. Peterson, 30, has maintained his innocence and has accused Pete of lying.
During the prosecution’s questioning, Peterson’s attorney, George Mgdesyan, argued ardently several times during Pete’s account of the events leading up to the car ride that triggered the shooting.
Pete said the incident happened after a party at Kylie Jenner’s house. An argument broke out after Peterson revealed to Pete’s old friend Kelsey Harris that he and Pete had been intimate. Harris will also testify at the trial.
At some point during the car ride, Peterson turned around in the vehicle and told Pete to stop lying to Harris about their relationship. Pete said on Tuesday that she and Peterson had become friends after they both lost their mothers, and had had sexual intercourse at times. Harris, who was in love with Peterson, was unaware of the musicians’ relationship to the verbal altercation, Pete testified.
Peterson later called both women “bitches and hos” when tensions erupted, Pete testified. The two also verbally sparred about their musical careers.
Pete told the court that she had asked to be let out of the car near the Hollywood Hills home where she was staying, but as she walked away, Pete said, she heard Peterson shout “dance, bitch,” and when she head to face him he was partially hanging out of the car with a gun pointed at her. Then he started shooting.
Shortly after driving away from the crime scene, police stopped the vehicle in which Pete, Harris, Peterson, and his guard were sitting.
Pete said Peterson begged her and Harris not to tell police that she was shot by him because he had previous legal troubles and didn’t want to get into any more trouble. Pete added that Peterson had offered the two former friends $1 million to keep quiet.
“Why don’t you worry about how I’m doing? You just shot me! Pete remembered thinking when Peterson asked for her silence.
Peterson was eventually arrested for having a concealed weapon and after months of speculation, Pete took to Instagram Live to say that Peterson shot her.
Taking place largely online, the aftermath of the shooting has struck a chord in the hip-hop community, highlighting how the treatment and abuse of black women are largely ignored in society. During Tuesday’s testimony, Pete described the rap game as a “boys club” and said she knew she would be hated for “talking about one of your friends.”
During cross-examination, Mgdesyan focused many of his questions on where Pete and Peterson were physically located before the shooting. He also disputed Pete’s interviews and statements she has made to police, on social media, and in a televised sit-down with Gayle King that aired on CBS in April.
Exchanges between Mgdesyan and Pete were tense, with Mgdesyan delving into the details of the hours before the shooting, including how much Pete had to drink at Jenner’s house, why she insisted on leaving with Peterson, and which direction Pete walked in before Peterson reportedly shot her.
Mgdesyan also addressed an interview Pete had days after the incident with then-Los Angeles Police Department Detective Ryan Stogner in which she told police she was initially unaware she had been shot.
Pete replied that she was not comfortable talking to the police because of concerns about police brutality against black people, but she changed her mind when she saw Peterson and his management trying to “pre-empt” the story by posting fake news items in blogs.
“I didn’t want it to be a big mess like it is now,” Pete testified early on of her hesitation to tell the truth.