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Megan Thee Stallion Opens Up To Gayle King About Tory Lanez Shooting

"I'm the victim."

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Megan Thee Stallion is sharing her truth about what happened the night Tory Lanez allegedly shot her. The Grammy award-winning artist sat down with Gayle King for CBS Mornings and opened up about the events that occurred on July 12, 2020, that unfortunately spilled over to social media, which ensued in a public back and forth between the rappers and their fans.


When Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete, first revealed that she was shot, she didn’t name the alleged shooter. However, after much speculation, the “Savage” ended up naming the Canadian rapper as her alleged assailant. Reports said that she was shot in her feet following a party at Kylie Jenner’s house in Hollywood Hills. Tory was charged with assaulting a woman months later in October but pleaded not guilty. Megan explained what led to the altercation.

“It was an argument because I was ready to go and everybody else wasn’t ready to go,” the rapper told Gayle. “But that’s like normal friends stuff,” she stated. “Like yeah … we fuss about silly stuff all the time.”

“I never put my hands on anybody. I never raised my voice too loud. Like this was one of them times where it was like … it shouldn’t have got this crazy,” she said.

Once she left the party, it was her, Tory, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, Tory’s driver, and Megan’s former best friend Kelsey Harris. Megan said the argument started between Tory and Kelsey and she tried getting out of the car before it escalated.

“So, I get out of the car and it’s like everything happens so fast,” she said as her voice began to crack. “And all I hear is this man screaming. And he said, ‘Dance, b-tch.’ And he started shooting. And I’m just like, ‘Oh, my God.’ Like, he shot a couple of times.”

She described Tory standing over the window shooting and her being so scared to move because she was afraid of being killed. “I was really scared ’cause I had never been shot at before,” she said emotionally.

After the alleged shooting, she said she looked down at her feet and noticed that she was bleeding. She then claimed that Tory approached her and begged her not to tell anyone what happened and even offered her money. A neighbor called the cops after hearing the shooting, which Megan said made her even more scared because it was following the George Floyd shooting.

So, to protect everyone, she lied to the cops and said that she stepped on glass. Once she got to the hospital, however, the medical report showed that she had bullet fragments in her feet.

She also addressed the rumors about the nature of her relationship which the “Say It” rapper alluded to in a series of tweets. “We were not dating. We were friends. We were hanging out like every day and his mom passed too, so I feel like we were bonding over that (Megan’s mom passed in 2019),” she said. “I think that he is trying to deflect from the fact that he committed a crime."

In April 2022, Tory was arrested in court after a judge ruled that he violated a court order of protection against the megastar. He was later released on bond.

Megan revealed that the altercation caused her anxiety to get worse and she now has a hard time trusting people. “Half the time I just want to pick up the phone and call my momma and be like, ‘what do I do?’ It’s too much. I feel crazy, I’m sad and I feel like I have to hold it in because I have to be strong for so many people.”

The trial is set to begin in September.

Megan Thee Stallion on 2020 shooting: "I'm the victim"

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