Rapper Tory Lanez was charged on Thursday, October 8, with two felony counts, Los Angeles prosecutors have announced. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that he was charged with "assault with a semiautomatic firearm—personal use of a firearm; and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle." Authorities additionally told the outlet that Lanez "faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury."
While the victim is not listed by name in a press release issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney and is only referred to as a "female friend" of the rapper, the incident's timing and details line up with allegations made on July 15 by rapper and singer Megan Thee Stallion.
According to the DA's office, "The defendant and the 24-year-old victim got into an argument while riding in an SUV in Hollywood Hills. The victim exited the vehicle and [Lanez] is accused of shooting several times at her feet and wounding her."
Megan first spoke up about the incident on an Instagram Live on July 27. She explained that “I was shot in both of my feet and I had to get surgery to get the shit taken out, to get the bullets taken out, and it was super scary...I had to get surgery. It was super scary. It was just the worst experience of my life, and it’s not funny, it’s nothing to joke about. It was nothing for y’all to go and be making fake stories about." By talking about her personal story, Megan shined a spotlight on how Black women are unprotected, and how people often twist violence into humor online (especially against Black women).
On August 20, she confirmed reports that Lanez shot her during an Instagram Live after false reports about what happened kept spreading. "You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying," she said during an Instagram Live, after naming Lanez as her assailant.
Lanez continues to deny the allegations, and tweeted after the charges were announced:
Lanez is scheduled to be arraigned on October 13, and faces a maximum prison sentence of 22 years and eight months if convicted on both charges.