Bombshell Interview With Megan Thee Stallion’s Ex-Boyfriend Played During Tory Lanez Trial: ‘He Was Shooting’

Megan Thee Stallion Trial Bombshell Interview - Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Megan Thee Stallion Trial Bombshell Interview – Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images

In a damaging day before Tory Lanez’s defense, jurors Friday heard audio of the lengthy interview Kelsey Harris, Megan Thee Stallion’s former boyfriend, gave to prosecutors in September, where she vividly recalled Lanez firing five shots, injuring Megan left on the ground.

The recording was played during Lanez’s Los Angeles assault trial after Harris took the witness stand this week and denied key aspects of September’s statement and outright denied seeing Lanez pull the trigger.

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Harris, aka Kelsey Nicole, was heard on the recording quietly corroborating Megan’s earlier testimony that Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, brandished a gun and pointed it at the “Sweetest Pie” rapper during a drunken roadside altercation in the early hours of July 12, 2020.

Judges listened with great attention to the September 14, 2022 interview, along with a transcript. In the audio, Harris recalled leaving a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s home in a Cadillac Escalade shortly before the incident with Megan, Peterson, and a driver identified as Jauquan Smith.

Harris, 27, spoke steadily with few interruptions from prosecutors during most of the 88-minute interview, saying a fight broke out in the SUV and that she stepped in to defend Megan when Peterson disrespected her.

“I said, ‘You’re not going to talk to my friend like that,'” Harris recalled on the recording. “Honestly, when I’m arguing, I can also say things that are hurtful.”

She said Peterson then told her he was from Canada and “insinuated” that Canadians were “gangsters.”

“He said, ‘My n—-, I’ll shoot you,'” Harris told prosecutors. “He said that to me, and he reached like he was going to grab something, reached for the center console, but he never pulled anything.” She said Peterson never opened the console.

“I was like, ‘Okay, if you shoot me, I think it’s my time to go. If you shoot me, know that I have people riding behind me, my support,'” she replied, according to her interview.

Harris told prosecutors that Megan got out of the SUV, returned a short time later, and the fighting resumed.

“At this point they argue about each other’s artistry. She tells him, “You’re only this and that because you’re on a remix with Jack Harlow,” Harris told prosecutors. “They were just beating each other up through their careers.”

Harris said Peterson then ordered Smith to stop the vehicle because he wanted the women out. “This is my car,” he reportedly said, according to Harris.

Smith stopped and Megan “jumps out of her seat first,” Harris said.

“I’ll get out of my side and as soon as you know it, you’ll hear gunshots. I looked up, maybe around the second or third shot. See Tory, he’s in the front seat now. I think he must have jumped over it in a smooth transition and he’s leaning over the door,” she said, saying the door was open at the time.

“He’s shooting over the door,” Harris told prosecutors. “(He) leaned over the front passenger door and he fired the gun.”

Harris described her own position as outside the car, but still behind her passenger door, very close to the gunfire.

“(Megan) walked away when this happened, but on the third or fourth shot she was looking at us, and I would describe it as a deer in headlights (look),” Harris said.

“The way Tory aimed the gun was not straight, but down, definitely in her direction,” she said. Harris told prosecutors she had not heard Peterson say anything.

Peterson listened to the recording while sitting at the defense table. The “Luv” rapper has pleaded not guilty to three felonies in the high-profile case: assault with a firearm resulting in grievous bodily harm; concealing a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and the recently added count of firing a firearm with gross negligence.

If convicted as charged, the Alone at the ball rapper faces the possibility of 22 years and eight months in prison and subsequent deportation, as he is a citizen of Canada.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Herriford ruled late Thursday that he would let jurors hear the full recording after initially excluding it. Prosecutors played a small part of it on Wednesday, but Herriford appeared to shut it down during a sidebar. Harris said repeatedly that she remembered making her statement in September, but stated that she had not been honest.

Herriford changed his mind on Thursday and allowed the recording after prosecutors said Peterson’s attorney “opened the door” by “disputing” the prosecutor’s “integrity” during his cross-examination of Harris. The attorney, George Mgdesyan, had asked Harris if prosecutors had misled her into thinking she wouldn’t have to testify at trial if she told them what they “wanted to hear.”

In his opening statement, Mgdesyan introduced the theory that Harris could have been the shooter, but investigators never tested the weapon against her DNA.

Although she declined to implicate Peterson during her belligerent appearance on the witness stand on Wednesday and Thursday, Harris called the defense theory that she pulled the trigger “ridiculous.” She also vehemently denied taking “hush money” from Peterson during both her September interview with prosecutors and her live testimony.

In the recording played Friday, Harris told prosecutors that Peterson attacked seconds after the shooting when she “went into defense mode” and stepped in front of Peterson to block his path to Megan, bleeding in a driveway.

“My adrenaline was so high. I don’t know if he hit me with a closed first punch, it was just a physical altercation,” she said, adding that Smith picked her up and moved her, allowing Peterson to make his way to Megan.

Harris said she jumped into the driver’s seat of the SUV and “yanked” the vehicle to “cause a distraction.”

“It worked,” she said. “It did exactly what I wanted. It got Tory away from Megan. … He came to me very quickly and started pulling my hair. He pulled my hair really hard.”

Harris said she wasn’t scared for her life when the shooting happened, but “then I got scared for my life when he started pulling my hair really, really hard. …He pulled my neck and my hair.”

She said the “tug of war” broke a necklace she was wearing and caused her fake nails to break off. She said Peterson finally jumped out when she said, “Tory, what are we doing?”

Harris spoke largely uninterrupted during the taped interview, describing the alleged events extensively. of details in chronological order, a marked departure from her live testimony in court, where she repeatedly said she couldn’t remember what had happened.

Harris also burst into tears at times, but told prosecutors she was eager to tell her side of the story because she felt Megan had abandoned her after the shooting and refused to clear her name in social media statements .

“I have nothing to hide,” Harris told prosecutors. “My goal in speaking my truth is that I just want to free myself from this.”

After playing the recording, prosecutors called a pair of LAPD criminologists to the witness stand on Friday. One testified that the four shell casings found at the scene of the shooting matched the 9mm semi-automatic handgun found on the floor of the Escalade where Peterson had been. The other criminologist told jurors that DNA testing on the gun was inconclusive as the Peterson, but that Peterson’s DNA was not detected in the gun’s magazine.

The defense then called out its own DNA expert on Friday afternoon. He testified that he agreed with the findings of the LAPD tests, but added that while it cannot be ruled out that Peterson contributed to the mix of DNA found on the gun, he would have a clear, convincing result. would have expected if Peterson had actually fired the gun. weapon five times. The defense expert, Marc Scott Taylor of Technical Associates, also said the mix of DNA on the gun contained a profile of an unidentified woman.

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