Rapper Tori Lanez, who is accused of shooting and injuring fellow hip-hop star Megan Tee Stallion in July, pleaded not guilty through his lawyer on Wednesday to charges of assault.
Toronto Indigenous attorney Sean Chapman Holly is involved in the petition on behalf of Lanez, a Daister Peterson-born courtroom in downtown Los Angeles, for assault with semi-automatic firearms and carrying loaded, unregistered firearms in a vehicle.
Lanez, who was rumored to be dating the stallion – real name Megan Pete – did not attend the hearing.
Lanez was told to return for a hearing on January 20, and the order that prevented him from making any contact with Megan the Stallion was extended.
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In a criminal complaint, prosecutors said Lanez shot at a victim identified as “Megan P.” after she got out of a jeep during a dispute in the Hollywood Hills on July 12 and “caused her great bodily harm.”
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If convicted, Lanez faces a maximum sentence of about 23 years.
The Canadian rapper was charged in October after months of speculation and publicity about the incident. Los Angeles police initially reported the incident only in shots, a woman with leg injuries and a man arrested on gun charges.
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Megan Tee Stallion then revealed a few days later that her leg injuries were from gunshots and more than a month later claimed in a video on Instagram that it was Lanez who fired them. In the weeks that followed, she slowly revealed more through social media.
“The way people publicly questioned and discussed whether I had played a role in my own violent attack proves that my fears about discussing what happened were justified,” she wrote at the time.
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The day after he was charged, Lanez tweeted “the truth will come out” and “the charge is not a conviction.”
Lanez’s “Daystar,” which came out in September after filming, but before being indicted, reached the top 10 on the Billboard album chart, and it has a successful set of mixtapes and records from major labels since his career began in 2009. .
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During the filming, Megan Tee Stallion was already a major star in the future and since then her guest on the Cardi B song “WAP” has helped turn the song and music video into a huge cultural phenomenon and she appeared at the premiere of the season of “Saturday Night Live”. .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.