Canadian rapper Tory Lanez has been released from the house arrest restrictions he was observing, as he prepares for the trial concerning his alleged shooting at Megan Thee Stallion.
Per reports from Nancy Dillon of Rolling Stone, Lanez – real name Daystar Shemuel Shua Peterson – has been allowed to travel outside of his house to fully prepare for the case with his legal representatives.
“Mr. Peterson’s house arrest was lifted over the objections of our office,” a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office explains.
Lanez was originally ordered to be under house arrest by a judge in Los Angeles in October. This followed his reported involvement in a fight with August Alsina a month prior in Chicago. Despite this, Lanez’s attorney, Shawn Holley, criticised the ruling, saying that “no charges had been filed in the Alsina case, and there were only allegations.”
The Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion trial commenced on November 28th, with the jury selection process currently in progress in Los Angeles. Opening arguments are expected from Monday next week. The Judge, David Herriford, told Nancy Dillon: “I’m doing this mainly for the trial preparation aspect.”
Lanez is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion and wounding both of her feet in an incident back in July 2020. In an interview with CBS’ Gayle King, Megan claimed that the incident began with “an argument because I was ready to go and everybody else wasn’t ready to go”. She continued: “But that’s normal friend stuff. We fuss about silly stuff all the time.”
She explained: “I never put my hands on anybody. I never raised my voice too loud. This was one of them times where it was like, it shouldn’t have got this crazy. So I get out of the car, and everything happens so fast. All I hear is this man screaming, and he said, ‘Dance bitch’ and he started shooting. I was just like, ‘Oh my god’. He shot a couple of times, and I was so scared.”
The trial was due to start in September, but it was delayed after Lanez requested that the judge hold off as his legal representatives were occupied with other cases.
This is a developing story.