Rapper Tory Lanez was given a 10-year prison term on Tuesday for shooting and injuring hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion in the feet, putting an end to a three-year legal and cultural story that rocked two careers and lives. The punishment was given to 31-year-old Lanez by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford.
Lanez was found guilty of three felonies in December, including assault with a semiautomatic weapon, keeping a loaded, unauthorized firearm in a moving vehicle, and careless gun discharge. The case ignited a firestorm in the hip-hop community, raising issues such as Black victims’ reluctance to speak to police, gender politics in hip-hop, online toxicity, protecting Black women, and the effects of misogynoir, a specific type of misogyny Black women experience.
The case began with the initial incident in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020 and continued through the marathon two-day sentencing hearing. After leaving a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s house, Megan said during the trial that Lanez shot the gun at the back of her feet and yelled for her to dance as she walked away from the SUV in which they had been travelling.
To remove bullet fragments, she required surgery. Only months later did she admit that she had discharged the rifle.