- Tory Lanez’s assault trial continued Thursday with testimony from a doctor.
- Dr. Lee Haruno confirmed that Megan Thee Stallion suffered gunshot wounds.
- Haruno’s testimony confirms that Megan was shot, although Lanez supporters claim she was never shot.
On the fourth day of Tory Lanez’s assault trial, prosecutors called in a surgeon who operated on Megan Thee Stallion’s gunshot wounds, who detailed the horrific gunshot wounds she suffered after a rally at her home. Kylie Jenner in 2020.
Prosecutors with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office charged Lanez with shooting Megan in the foot in the early morning hours of July 12, 2020, while Lanez’s attorney suggested that Megan’s former best friend , Kelsey Harris, had fired the gun in a fit of jealousy. Although neither side disputes that Megan was shot, baseless rumors continue to circulate in the hip-hop community that Megan was never shot.
Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was arrested on the day of the shooting and charged in October 2020 with assault with a semi-automatic handgun, carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He denied shooting Megan and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted.
On Thursday, prosecutors called Dr. Lee Haruno, chief resident of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who explained x-rays of Megan’s injuries and said surgery was needed when she entered the hospital the day of the shooting.
On Megan’s left foot, two “metallic foreign bodies” were visible outside her heel bone, Haruno said. Megan was missing the top layer of her skin on that foot, as seen in images she posted and later deleted online, resulting in a “complex wound closure,” Haruno said.
On his right foot, those same “metallic foreign bodies” were present “in the soft tissue of the heel bone,” otherwise known as his Achilles, Haruno said.
In each of the images, there were dozens of dots depicted, showing tiny bullet fragments that surgeons were unable to remove.
“When the foreign bodies are that small, it often causes more harm to try to remove them,” Haruno told the court, adding that small fragments still remain in Megan’s feet today. On Tuesday, Megan testified that she still had pain and nerve damage in both feet and had lost sensation in the left side of her foot.
“It’s likely that a metal object in that location could cause lingering pain,” Haruno said.
During Megan’s testimony on Tuesday, the “Realer” rapper explained that she initially lied to police about the source of her injuries – saying she stepped on glass – because she was worried about the repercussions on her career to accuse Lanez of shooting her and that she was afraid of the response of law enforcement in the summer of 2020 when tensions between the police and the black community were high.
A few days later, she shared on social media that she had been shot. In August 2020, she said Lanez was responsible.
Since then, some members of the hip-hop community and their fans have continued to point to Megan’s first report of stepping on glass as a sign that she was lying about the incident. Notably, in the opening lines of his song “Circo Loco,” Drake appears to accuse Megan of lying: “That female dog lie about getting shot, but she still a stud / She don’t even get the joke but she always smiles. “
In his music, Lanez also cast doubt on the source of Megan’s injuries: On “Money Over Fallouts”, he raps, “How the fuck do you get shot in the foot, don’t hit any bones or tendons?”
Celebrity manager Wack 100 said in an Instagram post in April that he believed Lanez was “the real victim” in the case. His account has 11.8 million followers.
Lanez’s trial is scheduled to continue on Friday.