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Megan Thee Stallion: What do we know about the rapper's alleged shooting?

Megan Thee Stallion: What do we know about the rapper's alleged shooting?

Rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez are back in the news, after Tory denied shooting Megan in the feet in one of his new songs.

The case has led to several high-profile rows in the US music industry.

It has also sparked a debate about perceptions of gender-based violence against black women, and concerns within the African American community about police brutality.

Authorities in Los Angeles say investigations are ongoing.

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How did this begin?
During the early hours of 12 July, police responded to a “shots fired” incident in the Hollywood Hills, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in a statement.

An argument is reported to have taken place inside a vehicle, with shots fired into the air, before the vehicle left the scene.

The LAPD said officers then conducted a “traffic stop” on a vehicle matching a description provided by eyewitnesses, and “multiple individuals were detained”.

Tory Lanez, 28, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and released on bail later that morning.

In a statement on 15 July, Los Angeles police said another person was brought to hospital and received treatment for an unspecified “foot injury”.

How has Tory Lanez responded?
In his new album, Daystar, released on 25 September, Mr Peterson references the incident in several songs and denies that he shot Ms Pete. It is the first time he has publicly responded to the allegations.

“Megan people tryna frame me,” he raps during the song Money Over Fallout. “Girl, you had the nerve to write that statement on that affidavit, knowing I ain't do it but I'm coming at my truest.”

In the same song, he casts doubt on whether she was shot at all, asking: “How the f— you get shot in your foot, don't hit no bones or tendons?”

Ms Pete has not publicly responded to the accusation that she is trying to frame Mr Peterson.

Why does it matter?
Both artists are highly successful in the industry. Megan Thee Stallion's controversial song with Cardi B, called WAP, is currently number one in US singles charts – her second chart-topper of the year. Tory Lanez has also had several popular hits, most recently in April with The New Toronto 3.

The incident has spurred debate about violence against black women, and public perceptions of the issue.

Since her initial statement, Ms Pete has received support from artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lizzo. But her accusations have been met with disbelief and ridicule as well.

Among those poking fun at her was rapper 50 Cent, but he has since apologised.

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