Tory Lanez Charged in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting — a Look Back at His Other Controversies
Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, who recently released his fifth album titled "Daystar," has been involved in some very controversial situations throughout his life.
The most recent one has been making headlines since July 2020, and it involves fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete.
As the BBC reported, the incident took place during the early hours of July 12 when police responded to a shooting situation in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles.
Tory Lanez on June 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
MEGAN THEE STALLION AND TORY LANEZ' INCIDENT
The Los Angeles Police Department revealed in a statement that an argument supposedly took place inside a vehicle, where shots were fired "into the air." The car left the scene at the time.
After conducting a "traffic stop" on a vehicle matching eyewitnesses' description, several people were detained, including 28-year-old rapper Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson.
Tory was then charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but later that morning, he was released on bail. Three days after the incident took place, LAPD revealed that another person had been taken to the hospital to be treated for a "foot injury."
TORY LANEZ ALLEGEDLY SHOT MEGAN THEE STALLION
The following month, Megan named Tory Lanez as the alleged shooter. She also confessed that she initially lied to the police about the incident because she was afraid they would start shooting if they knew a gun was involved.
Tory only responded to Megan's accusations in his fifth album, "Daystar," released on September 25. He denies Megan's allegations and even wonders if she was shot at all.
On October 8, 2020, about three months after the shooting was reported for the first time, Tory Lanez was charged with assaulting a woman.
The name of the alleged victim was not immediately disclosed, but the details and timing line up with Megan Thee Stallion's shooting allegations. The "Daystar" singer is scheduled to appear in court on October 13. If convicted, he could spend as much as 22 years behind bars.
TORY LANEZ' PREVIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW
Unfortunately, it was not the first time that the Canadian rapper was found in a situation involving the police. Back in March 2016, Tory incited a riot during his concert in Midland, Texas.
After getting into a conflict with the event's security personnel and asking his audience to "come closer," Tory asked the crowd to mess things up. People started throwing chairs and other objects and the police shut down the concert.
About a year later, in April 2017, Tory Lanez was arrested in Florida and charged with several crimes, including carrying a concealed firearm and possession of cannabis. Eventually, the concealed-weapon charge was dropped.
[Tory Lanez] was accused of staging a colorism incident.
If having problems with the law wasn't bad enough, Tory has also been involved in other controversial situations. In late 2018, for example, he compared fellow rapper 6ix9ine to hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur.
Shortly after Tory said this, people took to social media to criticize him for making such a comparison, even asking other netizens to "cancel" him.
In mid-2019, he was accused of staging a colorism incident just to address that problem on social media. In a now-deleted video uploaded to his Instagram account, Tory and other people appeared filming for his single "Good Love."
Initially, a darker-skinned model was posing next to the rapper. However, the director's silhouette could be seen, suggesting that she be switched for a lighter-skinned model.
Tory asked to cut production and brought back the initial model to the front. In the caption of his post, the rapper wrote that colorism was an ongoing problem in the entertainment industry that needed to stop.
The darker-skinned model, Sultry Shen, later shared on social media that Tory Lanez had actually staged the interaction. To make matters worse, she pointed out that the scene she recorded with him didn't make the final cut.
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