The sentencing of Canadian rapper and singer Tory Lanez has been delayed following a Los Angeles court hearing held on August 7th. The rapper has been jailed since an LA jury gave their verdict last year.
The artist (real name Daystar Peterson) was found guilty in December last year of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. However, he has not been officially incarcerated.
According to hip-hop media outlets, the prosecution is pushing for a 13-year sentence, but a federal judge still needs to deliver an official ruling. This court case follows a disagreement between the two rappers in July 2020, which led to the female rapper getting shot in the foot.
Houston emcee Megan Thee Stallion (real name Megan Pete) was supposed to attend the hearing. However, the ‘Savage’ musician revealed that she could not bear to be in the same building as Peterson and submitted a written statement instead.
As reported by the Associated Press, the Texan’s statement read, “Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace. Slowly but surely, I’m healing and coming back, but I will never be the same.” The document continued with the rapper writing that she “simply could not bring myself to be in a room with Tory again.”
Earlier this year, Pete issued a final statement to the public who have watched the court case play out. The ‘WAP’ lyricist said she has significantly struggled with the “humiliation” she faced when coming forward with the claims.
The statement continued, “I understand the public intrigue, but for the sake of my mental health, I don’t plan to keep reliving the most traumatic experience of my life over and over again. I’m choosing to change the narrative because I’m more than just my trauma.” Lanez will be sentenced in the coming days.