Megan Thee Stallion’s ex-girlfriend Kelsey Harris retracts testimony at Tory Lanez trial

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — It was an irritating third witness day for prosecutors in Canadian rapper Tory Lanez’s Los Angeles trial because a key witness failed to answer most of their questions.

Megan’s former assistant and best friend Kelsey Harris took the stand on Wednesday and was granted immunity.

However, Harris’ testimony seemed to leave prosecutors frustrated, as she answered almost every question with “I honestly don’t remember.”

Lanez, 30, is accused of shooting dead rapper Megan Thee Stallion after partying in the Hollywood Hills. He has pleaded not guilty to the counts of negligence in disposing of a firearm, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

Megan, 27, said she left a party at Kylie Jenner’s home in a SUV with Lanez, his bodyguard and Harris on July 12, 2020.

Harris made it clear on Wednesday that her memory of that night was blurry because of the heavy alcohol involved.

In September, LA Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ta taped an interview with Harris recounting the night. Much of this recording was played back in court Wednesday to refresh Harris’ memory.

In the recording, Harris described each part of the night in detail, but in court, Harris said many things she said at the time weren’t true, saying, “I was protecting myself.”

Prosecutors showed a text message Harris had sent to Megan’s security guard on the night of the alleged shooting, which read: “Help. Tory has Meg. 911 shot.”

However, Harris claimed she didn’t know why she said that because she didn’t see anything.

Harris refused to call anything that night a shooting, only that she heard gunshots. When asked by prosecutors if Lanez shot her, she granted her Fifth Amendment right. Harris went on to say that she did not want to attend the trial and that it was “triggering” for her to take a stand.

She is scheduled to appear back in court at 10 a.m. Thursday

Megan took the witness stand Tuesday and told the jury that Lanez fired five shots at her feet, yelled at her to dance and injured her trying to walk away from him.

“I just don’t feel good,” Megan, 27, said at the beginning of Ta’s questioning. “I can’t believe I have to come in here and do this.”

Megan said she and Lanez became close, bonded over the loss of their mothers and occasionally had a sexual relationship. Her friend Harris, who had a “crush” on Lanez, tried to stir up trouble between the women by telling Megan she had to stop lying to her friend.

The argument spiraled out of control and got even more heated when she and Lanez started ruining each other’s music and careers, Megan said.

“I feel like that really rubbed him in the wrong direction,” she said. “He kept screaming and cursing.”

She was wearing a bikini but got out of the vehicle and was trying to walk away when Lanez leaned out and opened fire, she said, leaving the backs of her feet injured. At one point he yelled “Dance, b—!” she testified.

“I looked at my feet and I saw all the blood,” she said. “Now everyone is screaming. He looked shocked. Kelsey looked shocked.”

Lanez’s lawyer, George Mgdesyan, said in his opening statement that her injury showed she could not have seen the gunman behind her and that he would provide further evidence at trial that contradicted her story.

Lanez, sitting at the defense table in a brown suit and turtleneck, took notes as she spoke.

He came into court holding his young son’s hand. He carried the boy out of the courthouse at lunchtime and at the end of the day.

“That’s my support system and I’m his, too,” he told reporters.

Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, could face more than 22 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He could also be deported to his native Canada.

Lanez has had a successful streak of mixtapes and major label records since the beginning of his career in 2009, with his last two albums reaching the top 10 on the Billboard chart.

Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, was already a huge rising star at the time of the incident and her career has skyrocketed since then. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for her own song “Savage” with Beyoncé and as a guest on Cardi B’s “WAP.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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