Singer and rapper Tory Lanez has been charged in the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
In a Thursday news release, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced that Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was charged with “one felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.” His arraignment is scheduled for October 13 and he could face a maximum sentence of 22 years in state prison if convicted.
On July 12, Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion reportedly got into an argument while riding in an SUV in Hollywood Hills. Police were called to the scene after receiving reports of gunshots, and Megan was rushed to the hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds. The “Savage” rapper announced on Instagram Live after the incident that, “I was shot in both of my feet, and I had to get surgery... I didn't deserve to get shot.”
After the incident, Megan became the center of discussion as #protectblackwomen started trending again on social media following the killing of Breonna Taylor in March. Supporters of Megan pointed to statistics that show that 1 in 3 women experience abuse from their partner and that Black women are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by men than their white counterparts. But the rapper also faced a lot of backlash, with some claiming that her lifestyle endeared her to experiencing violence from men.
On August 20, Megan went live again to address rumors circulating the incident and confirmed that Lanez was the one who shot her. "Tory shot me," she said in the video. "You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying."
Lanez did not respond directly to Megan’s allegations. On September 24, he dropped “DAYSTAR,” a 17-track album that opens with the song “Money Over Fallouts.” He raps, “Megan people trying to frame me for a shooting / But them boys ain’t clean enough.” In the same song, he asks, “Gotta see a couple questions / How the fuck you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?”
The ongoing situation continues to unearth concerns about the safety of Black women. According to recent studies, domestic violence murders are among the leading causes of death of Black women ages 15 to 35.
Last weekend, Megan made a powerful statement as she performed on Saturday Night Live, framed by the words, “Protect Black Women.”
Snippets of Malcolm X’s 1962 speech, “Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?” played over her performance: “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”
Arielle Gray is a multimedia journalist based in Boston.
Originally Appeared on Glamour