Rapper Tory Lanez was handcuffed and taken into custody Tuesday after he was found in violation of a protective order in the felony assault case involving the alleged shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
Lanez, 29, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was handcuffed in a Los Angeles courtroom after Superior Court Judge David Herriford “found sufficient evidence that he violated the order of protection,” Megan’s attorney Alex Spiro said in a statement to USA TODAY. The rapper posted bail and was released several hours later.
“The self-serving noise in this case will not change the facts or prevent this case from proceeding,” Spiro added.
The terms of the protection order prevent Lanez from contacting or harassing Megan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, as well as sharing pretrial information from the case.
While Lanez didn’t directly contact Megan, judge Herriford said some of his tweets appeared to be clear messages to her, and he ordered Lanez not to mention her in any social media posts.
Lanez’s lawyer, Shawn Holley, said in court that the rapper did not supply information to a Twitter user who posted in February that his DNA was not found on the weapon in the case.
In her argument, Holley said the tweet, now deleted, was not entirely accurate. She said that an investigation showed there were four DNA contributors on the handgun, making it inconclusive whether Lanez’s DNA was found. She added his DNA was definitely not found to be on the gun’s magazine.
Background:Tory Lanez pleads not guilty to felony assault charges in Megan Thee Stallion shooting case
Holley said in court that the district attorney originally “requested that (Lanez’s) bail be revoked” or “be increased to $5 million.”
The judge instead increased bail from the $250,000 Lanez posted after his 2021 arrest to $350,000.
A September trial date was selected, and the rapper was ordered to return to court for a June hearing.
The case stems from a criminal complaint, in which prosecutors allege Lanez fired at Megan after she got out of an SUV during an argument in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020 and “inflicted great bodily injury” on her. If convicted, Lanez faces a maximum sentence of roughly 23 years.
From 2020:Tory Lanez ordered to stay 100 yards from Megan Thee Stallion, arraignment delayed a month
Main Image: The Source