Megan Thee Stallion–born Megan Pete– is opening up about Tory Lanez’s trial and guilty verdict for the first time.
“I don’t want to call myself a victim,” Pete said in her latest ELLE cover story. “As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor because I have truly survived the unimaginable. Not only did I survive being shot by someone I trusted and considered a close friend, but I overcame the public humiliation of having my name and reputation dragged through the mud by that individual for the entire world to see.”
Looking back, the Grammy winner admitted that she would have wanted to handle the situation privately. The rapper said the baggage of all the online harassment ultimately led her into a depressive state. She said the incident left her “completely drained.”
“There would be times that I’d literally be backstage or in my hotel, crying my eyes out, and then I’d have to pull Megan Pete together and be Megan Thee Stallion,” the Traumazine creator explained.
Ultimately, Tory Lanez, who was accused of shooting Pete back in 2020, was found guilty on three charges. The “Say It” rapper was convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison, as well as deportation to his native Canada.
Pete explained how she felt once the verdict was announced.
“I knew the truth and the indisputable facts would prevail,” the “Plan B” rapper stated. “When the guilty verdict came on Dec. 23, 2022, it was more than just vindication for me, it was a victory for every woman who has ever been shamed, dismissed, and blamed for a violent crime committed against them.”
Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, motioned for a new trial has been postponed yet again. According to a report per ABC, a judge has set a hearing for the rapper on May 8. The expectation is that the sentencing will happen within 30 days of the hearing if the new trial is rejected.