A call to “believe black women”

A Los Angeles jury on Friday ruled in favor of Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion and found Canadian rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three felonies in a 2020 shooting.

The 27-year-old actress, whose real name is Megan Pete, testified in court that Lanez shot her five times in the feet while leaving a house party. According to the Associated Press (AP), Lanez, 30, real name Daystar Peterson, was found guilty of assault with a semi-automatic firearm; having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and grossly negligent surrender of a firearm.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office, Lanez faces up to 22 years in prison if he is sentenced on Jan. 27.

Tory Lanez found guilty in LA court
Megan Thee Stallion, left, speaks at the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit at the Detroit Opera House on October 4, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Tory Lanez, right, is shown in New York City on September 28, 2022. Lanez was convicted on Friday of three counts in the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion and could face up to 22 years in prison.
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The process was closely watched by fans of both artists. Megan Thee Stallion has consistently been praised for her bravery after testifying against Lanez, including her decision to wear a purple pantsuit during the trial, a symbol of royalty and the strength of women in the United States who fought for the fought for the right to vote.

In October, the artist wrote in a New York Times She was initially silent about the argument with Lanez “out of fear for me and my friends”.

“Even as a victim, I have faced skepticism and judgment,” she wrote. “The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears of discussing what happened were sadly justified.”

During the trial, Lanez maintained his innocence, and his legal team made closing statements arguing that Megan Thee Stallion lied about the shooting. According to the AP, Lanez’s lawyer, George Mgdesyan, claimed the artist was actually shot by one of her friends, who was “in a jealous fight over Lanez” with the hip-hop star as she left the party.

“Megan Pete is a liar,” Mgdesyan said. “She lied about everything in this case from the start. She lied here under oath.”

Users took to Twitter to express their support for Megan Thee Stallion following the verdict, as phrases like “Happy for Meg” and “#ProtectBlackWomen” trended on Friday night. congressman Jamal Bowmana Democrat from New York, wrote in response to the news that he wished the artist “get well soon on her healing path”.

“Believe and protect black women,” Bowman added.

activist Jamira Burley also posted news of Lanez’s conviction and asked users if they believed Megan Thee Stallion now that a verdict had been reached.

“For everyone who kept saying we should wait for the verdict… do you believe Megan now?” Burley wrote. “Or do you have another excuse for not believing black women when we say we’ve been hurt?”

entrepreneur Fisayo lunge wrote that she had “tears of joy” over the jury’s decision, adding that she “really didn’t expect justice because I’m so hurt and so exhausted by this horrible world.”

“Please believe the women,” she wrote. “Please stop treating black women so horribly. PLEASE.”

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón also issued one expression praised Megan Thee Stallion’s “incredible courage and vulnerability” during the trial.

“You have been subjected to an unjust and despicable trial that no woman should ever face, and you have been an inspiration to others throughout LA County and across the country,” Gascón’s statement read.

“Women, especially black women, are afraid to report crimes such as assault and sexual violence because too often they are not believed,” he continued. “This process, for the second time this month, has highlighted the many ways our society needs to become better for women.”

Gascón was referring to disgraced Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict, issued Monday in Los Angeles, finding the producer guilty of three counts of sexual assault. Weinstein, who was previously sentenced to 23 years in New York, faces up to 24 years on charges this week.

On Friday, Megan Thee Stallion’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said the “jury did everything right. I am grateful that there is justice for Meg.”

news week asked Mgdesyan for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/tory-lanez-megan-thee-stallion-aftermath-call-believe-black-women-1769461 A call to “believe black women”

Rick Schindler

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