Rapper Tory Lanez has been found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. But angered responses from Lanez’ fans – and the demonisation of Stallion – highlight Hollywood’s persistent issue with successful Black women.
Since the summer of 2020, rapper Megan Thee Stallion has claimed Tory Lanez shot her in the foot multiple times after leaving a party in the Hollywood Hills.
After a small dispute led Megan to insult Lanez’s music, he followed her out of a car and shot at her feet shouting ‘dance, b****!’.
Despite the severity of Megan’s claims, she has rarely been taken seriously in the aftermath. In fact, a number of significant figures in the rap industry – most of them friends with Lanez – have taken opportunities to drag Megan’s name very publicly through the mud.
Most notable of these incidents was when Drake released his new album ‘Her Loss’ in November 2022. On the track ‘Circo Loco’, Drake raps ‘this b***h lie ‘bout gettin’ shots but she still a stallion / she don’t even get the joke, but she still smilin’.
Megan responded on Twitter shortly after the tracks release, imploring male rappers to stop attacking her and claiming they ‘dog pile on a black woman when she say one of y’all homeboys abused her’.
Drake was one of many to openly support Lanez right up until last week’s trial.
But despite the abuse hurled at Megan, Lanez was found guilty on three counts: discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
Lanez could face up to 22 years in prison for the charges.
Deputy District Attorney said Megan’s testimony was not enough to charge Lanez, but eye-witness accounts and an apology from Lanez provided critical layers of evidence.