Megan claimed that the crime, which occurred after a pool celebration at Kylie Jenner’s home, was dedicated by Tory Lanez in an try and “bodily hurt” her following an argument they’d had.
However Megan solely confronted extra criticism — in addition to heaps of mockery — from a number of web customers, a lot of whom had been followers of Tory. She finally opened up about being painted because the “villain” in a heartbreaking interview in June, throughout which she questioned whether or not her look had something to do with folks’s unwillingness to consider her.
“In some form of approach, I grew to become the villain. And I don’t know if folks don’t take it severely as a result of I appear sturdy,” she stated.
“I’m wondering if it’s due to the best way I look. Is it as a result of I’m not mild sufficient? Is it that I’m not white sufficient? Am I not the form? The peak? As a result of I’m not petite?” she went on. “Do I not appear to be I’m value being handled like a girl?”
Tory, who has denied the allegations towards him, was formally charged with felony assault towards Megan in October 2020. His trial was postponed to December, and now that it’s underway, the rapper is dealing with three felony fees: assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, and negligent discharge of a firearm.
Tory has pleaded not responsible to all three fees. If convicted, he may resist 22 years in jail, in addition to potential deportation again to Canada.
Throughout Megan’s emotional testimony, she broke down in tears as she recalled seeing merciless messages about herself on-line from critics for the reason that incident occurred, a few of whom stated she deserved to be shot.
“I can’t consider I’ve to come back right here and do that,” she stated.
Happening to element the influence it’s had on her psychological well being, Megan stated she wished Tory would’ve “killed” her if it meant she’d keep away from the “torture” she’s been by way of since.
“I can’t even be completely satisfied,” she stated. “I want he would have shot and killed me if I knew I needed to undergo this torture.”
“I am unable to maintain conversations with folks for a very long time. I do not really feel like I wish to be on this Earth,” she continued.
Megan was later requested about altering her story on the evening of the taking pictures when she was initially questioned by law enforcement officials. She firstly stated she’d stepped in glass earlier than finally claiming Tory had shot her, and defined that this was as a result of she doesn’t “really feel protected with the police,” and she or he additionally would not really feel that ladies are “believed once they communicate out.”
“I do not really feel protected with the police,” she stated in tears. “Within the Black group — in my group — it is probably not acceptable to be cooperating with law enforcement officials.” Megan added that her deep-rooted mistrust of cops was solely exacerbated by George Floyd’s murder in Might 2020 and the Black Lives Matter protests that adopted.
And Megan went on to explain how she’s been “become some form of villain” by the general public for the reason that incident, with a number of rappers within the trade — in what she described as a “massive boy’s membership” — now performing hateful towards her too.
“This case has solely been worse for me and it has solely made him extra well-known,” she stated. “As a result of I used to be shot, I’ve been become some form of villain, and he’s the sufferer. This has tousled my entire life … This entire scenario within the trade is sort of a massive boy’s membership … I’m telling on one among y’all mates, now you are all about to hate me.”
“This bitch lie ‘bout getting shot however she nonetheless a stallion / She don’t even get the joke however she nonetheless smiling,” Drake raps in “Circo Loco.”
In response, Megan tweeted: “I do know I’m extremely popular however y’all gotta cease attaching weak ass conspiracy theories in bars to my identify… Cease utilizing my taking pictures for clout bitch ass Niggas! Since when tf is it cool to joke abt girls getting shot !”
“You niggas particularly RAP NIGGAS ARE LAME! Able to boycott bout sneakers and garments however canine pile on a black lady when she say one among y’all homeboys abused her,” she continued.
“And when the mf information come out bear in mind all y’all hoe ass favourite rappers that stood behind a Nigga that SHOT A FEMALE,” she added. “Folks assault me y’all go up for it , i defend myself now I’m doing an excessive amount of … each time it by no means ends and this did NOT occur till I got here out and stated I bought shot … y’all don’t fwm okay cool fuck it bye.”
A number of web customers slammed Drake and 21 Savage for fueling claims that Megan had lied in regards to the taking pictures and “making jabs at her trauma.”
“The shitty factor is that Tory didn’t have this a lot assist and clout earlier than the taking pictures,” one Reddit person stated. “The truth that he shot a profitable black lady is why he is getting all these options and shout outs from completely different celebs.”
Now, Megan’s newest testimony has solely sparked a wider dialogue about misogynoir, which is the ingrained prejudice towards Black girls, with many concluding that “Black girls are by no means believed.”
“That is how misogynoir harms us,” one particular person wrote, quoting Megan’s testimony. “If a well-known Black lady needs to die after being assaulted, none of us are OK.”
“They can’t fathom a Black lady being abused. It’s all rooted in misogynoir,” stated one other. “Within the eyes of society, black girls aren’t victims. They will’t be. They’re the aggressors. They’re the issue. She should’ve performed SOMETHING to deserve getting shot. OR she’s simply straight up mendacity.”
One other person added, “What occurred to Megan is completely horrific, studying the account of the scenario in her personal phrases simply… The Misogynoir is so evident.”
What’s extra, followers later drew comparisons between the best way Megan and Tory had been handled by bystanders as they individually entered the courtroom.
“‘you look good in that purple’ being preceded by ‘megan, why you mendacity on that boy?’ is precisely what misogynoir, patriarchy, and rape tradition appear to be in actual time. he’s actually cat calling her whereas concurrently clearly stating he doesn’t consider she’s a sufferer,” one particular person said.
In stark distinction, Tory — who entered together with his 6-year-old son, who has no involvement within the trial — was showered with compliments by the identical individuals who harassed Megan.
Mentioning the distinction, one Twitter person wrote: “in distinction, the video of tory strolling in has males lined as much as dap him up, inform him they love him, and that he ‘appears contemporary as 1,000,000 bucks.’”