On 12 July, American rapper, Megan Thee Stallion was reportedly shot twice at the back of her feet. In an Instagram Live on 27 July, she revealed that she had to go into surgery to remove the bullets and has been taking some time off to rest and recover. Though she did not file a police report against the shooter, the incident was confirmed by surveillance video footage of the arrest which showed Megan limping from the SUV, leaving a trail of bloody footprints. In the midst of all this, there were several speculations on the identity of the shooter and even reports that Megan had actually cut her legs on pieces of broken glass instead. Frustrated, Megan went on another Instagram live on 20 August to set the record straight, once and for all.
In the live, she stated that it was Canadian rapper, Tory Lanez that shot her. Lanez was in the SUV together with Megan and another woman the night of the shooting. “Yes. Tory shot me. You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying,” Megan said, “Stop lying. Why lie? I tried to keep the situation off the internet but you draggin’ it.”
Megan also denied hitting Lanez before detailing what happened that night. According to Megan, there were four people in the SUV — Megan, her friend, Lanez and Lanez’s security guard. All four were arguing about something and in the middle of argument, Megan decided to get out of the car and leave to go back home. As she was walking away, Lanez allegedly took out a gun and started shooting at Megan from the back.
Megan also addressed the questions and accusations thrown at her regarding why she did not file a report with the police. She admitted that she was scared, especially in the current socio-political landscape in America and the numerous cases of police brutality that has sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement. “I didn’t tell the police nothing because I didn’t want us to get in no more trouble,” she said, “The police come, I’m scared — the police [have been] killing Black people for no reason. They were really aggressive — you think I’m about to tell the police that we n—as got a gun in the car?”
Watch the full IG Live below:
That same day on 12 July, Lanez was arrested for possession of a concealed weapon and was released a few hours later on a $35,000 bond, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
This year has been a series of meteoric highs and lows for Megan Thee Stallion. After the incredible success of her singles such as “Savage” (which took the TikTok world by storm) and her latest collaboration with fellow rapper, Cardi B hitting the number one on Billboard charts, it looks like nothing can stop Megan from solidifying her spot as one of the hottest female rappers around.
However, it is incredibly disheartening to see that even after addressing the rumours, people have turned on Megan again, calling her a “snitch” for “telling on Lanez”. Strangely, the controversy around the “WAP” music video was louder than the outrage around one of the biggest names in the music industry being shot, which is disappointing to say the least.
We’re wishing Megan a speedy recovery.