Tory Lanez handcuffed in court for violating protection order in Megan Thee Stallion assault case

Rapper Tory Lanez was handcuffed and taken into custody on Tuesday after he was caught violating a protection order in the felony case where Megan Thee Stallion was shot.

Lanez, 29, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was handcuffed in a Los Angeles courtroom after Supreme Court Judge David Herriford found “sufficient evidence that he violated the protection order,” Megan’s attorney Alex Spiro said in a statement to USA TODAY. The rapper posted bail and was released a few hours later.

“The selfish sound in this case will not change the facts or prevent this case from going forward,” Spiro added.

The terms of the protection order prevent Lanez from contacting or harassing Megan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, as well as sharing pretrial information about the case.

While Lanez did not contact Megan directly, Judge Herriford said some of his tweets appeared to be clear messages to her, and ordered Lanez not to mention her in social media posts.

Lanez’s attorney, Shawn Holley, said in court that the rapper did not provide information to a Twitter user who posted in February that his DNA had not been found on the gun in the case.

In her argument, Holley said the tweet, now deleted, was not entirely accurate. She said an investigation found four DNA contributors to the gun, making it inconclusive whether Lanez’s DNA was found. She added that his DNA was definitely not found in the armory.

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Megan U Stallion and Tory Lanez.

Megan U Stallion and Tory Lanez.

Holley said in court that the district attorney had originally “requested that (Lanez’s) bail be revoked” or “raised to $5 million”.

The judge instead increased bail from the $250,000 Lanez posted after his 2021 arrest to $350,000.

A trial date was set in September and the rapper was ordered to return to court for a June hearing.

The case stems from a criminal indictment, in which prosecutors allege Lanez shot Megan after she got out of an SUV during an altercation in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020 and caused her “great bodily harm”. If convicted, Lanez faces a maximum sentence of approximately 23 years.

Tory Lanez discusses his creative process at BMI's How I Wrote That Song 2018 on January 27, 2018.

Tory Lanez discusses his creative process at BMI’s How I Wrote That Song 2018 on January 27, 2018.

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After months of speculation and publicity surrounding the incident, Lanez was charged in October 2020. Initially, the Los Angeles Police Department only reported the incident when shots were fired, a woman with foot injuries, and a man arrested on gun charges.

But Megan revealed a few days later that her foot injuries were from gunfire, and more than a month after the incident said in an Instagram video that it was Lanez who fired them. In the following weeks, she slowly revealed more through social media.

“The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a part in my own violent attack proves that my fear of talking about what happened was unfortunately justified,” she said. wrote in one op-ed for The New York Times.

The day after he was charged, Lanez tweeted “the truth will come out” and “an indictment is not a conviction”.

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Contributions: Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Megan Thee Stallion assault case: Tory Lanez violates protection order

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