Tory Lanez was finally convicted on Tuesday of shooting and shooting Megan Thee Stallion in 2020. She was shot in the foot when an alcohol-related argument turned violent after the rappers left a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills home. He received 10 years in state prison.
The long-awaited verdict announcement sparked an uproar on social media with heated opinion. Some Lanez supporters said the hip-hop artist’s punishment was excessive, but most people celebrated the justice done to Megan Thee Stallion.
“Yes, the criminal justice system was built to take advantage of black people and was a tool of white supremacy.” @DapperDomo tweeted on X, the platform formerly called Twitter. “No, the Tory Lanez case was not an example of that. Yes, protect black women, including black men, from black men when necessary, and that is often necessary.”
user @keatingssixth chimed in, tweeting, “I’m delighted that no matter how many of you will still be talking lies and conspiracies despite all this evidence, Tory Lanez was still found guilty and was officially given a jail cell with his name on it.”
There was sympathy for Lanez @prafecy, who commented, “I don’t think injuring Meg was Tory Lanez’s intention but that’s not how the law works.” 10 years is an exaggeration. However, he did not appear modest and went to court. I will not cancel him. I will give it a chance to learn and then mature.”
But @202NATALIE Believing the decades-long prison sentence to be insufficient, he said: “The only thing I can say about this conviction of Tory Lanez is that he is a perpetrator.” He has harmed more than one woman. 10 years is not enough and it is very difficult to rehabilitate repeat offenders without remorse. Prayers to Megan Thee Stallion and every other woman he has abused.”
And of course there were jokes too.
@EmenaIo tweeted, “You could probably say he shot himself in the foot.”
In December, just two weeks before the rapper was found guilty on all charges, he tweeted The following and pinned it to the top of his profile: “I’ll leave this here again… and watch it age…NO WEAPON SHAPED AGAINST ME WILL BELONG…AND EVERY TONGUE THAT RISES UP AGAINST ME IN JUDGMENT, IT WILL BE.” DAMN, you sit and watch now…. And never again question the GOD I serve. This is my last tweet”
Minutes after Lanez’s 10-year sentence was announced, @kartmaraj replied, “And they were well now.”
Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was found dead in December after a dramatic trial at which Megan Thee Stallion and a key witness who had recently filed for immunity testified in tears on charges of assault with a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm and negligent firing of a firearm, prosecutors blocked the witness stand.
The Canadian hip-hop artist faced a maximum of 22 years and eight months in prison. Peterson, who did not testify at his trial, has denied any wrongdoing. Despite hours of testimony and evidence from Peterson’s legal team underscoring his commitment to charitable causes, Los Angeles Superior Court Justice David Herriford said Tuesday, “Unfortunately, sometimes good people do bad things.”
Peterson was convicted of two sentence increases in connection with using a gun in a violent crime and inflicting “grievous bodily harm” on Megan Thee Stallion – née Megan Pete – which rendered him ineligible for parole under California law .
James Queally, Times staffer contributed to this report.