A Los Angeles judge Thursday refused to free jailed rapper Tory Lanez on bail while awaits the result of his appeal of his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for shooting his ex-lover, fellow hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion.
The Canadian-born singer, 31, handcuffed and wearing orange prison overalls and a black skull cap, made a muffled comment as LA Superior Court Judge David Herriford told him: ‘Your motion for bail will be denied.’
The judge cited three reasons for turning down Lanez’s bail request.
Listing them, he said: ‘You were convicted of a violent felony.
‘You have a history of violating court orders….And you are not a U.S. citizen,’ – which makes the musician a greater flight risk.
Tory Lanez was denied his motion for bail while he awaits a decision on his appeal on Thursday
The Canadian-born rapper – real name Daystar Peterson – was hit with a 10-year prison sentence for shooting former lover and fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in 2021
The rapper – real name Daystar Peterson – is pictured with Meg Thee Stallion – real name Megan Pete – in 2020
The bail denial comes five weeks after Lanez – real name Daystar Peterson – received the 10-year prison term following a trial jury’s unanimous guilty verdict last December on three gun felonies resulting from his shooting of Megan in the feet during a drunken argument in 2020.
He had pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
Lanez’s attorneys have filed an appeal – against both the jury’s conviction and the 10-year sentence – with California’s Court of Appeal.
And on Thursday, one of them – Crystal Morgan – urged the judge to grant bail to Lanez, 31, till the appeal is settled.
She argued that her client is now married to his girlfriend Raina Chassagne – mother of his six year-old son Kai – who are both U.S. citizens.
Morgan contended that Lanez has ‘strong ties’ to the LA community and that when he was on bail, before he was convicted of the gun charges, he travelled abroad and still always showed up at his court hearings.
The attorney also told Judge Herriford that Lanez would surrender his passport and wear an ankle bracelet to ensure he would not flee.
‘Mr. Peterson is not a threat to society,’ she added.
Prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Kathy Tar opposed the plea for bail, calling Lanez a ‘danger to the community,’ and a ‘significant flight risk.’
In her testimony during the trial last year, Megan, 27, told the jury that she and Lanez were leaving a pool party July 12, 2020 at the home of Kylie Jenner when an argument erupted
Megan took to Instagram with a photo of her foot injury following the shooting
She also cast doubt on his claimed close connections to LA saying, ‘his community ties are not particularly compelling.’
Judge Herriford agreed with prosecutors and threw out Lanez’s plea for bail.
During the trial, Megan, 28, tearfully told the jury that she and Lanez – with whom she’d been having a sexual relationship – had been to a pool party July 12, 2020 at the home of Kylie Jenner and were in his SUV in the Hollywood Hills with her best friend and assistant Kelsey Harris when an alcohol-fueled argument erupted.
Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete, asked the driver to stop the car and she got out. Th en she said Lanez yelled ‘Dance b—ch’ and fired a gun five times at her, injuring her feet so seriously that she needed surgery.
She testified in court that Lanez offered her and Harris a million dollars to keep quiet about the shooting and asked them not to report him because he was already ‘on probation.’
Megan also said that Lanez later apologized to her, saying he was drunk at the time of the shooting.
Just before his sentencing last month, Lanez – whose attorneys had argued that he suffered from alcoholism and mental trauma over the death of his mother when he was young – begged the judge not to send him to prison, making an emotional speech about his relationship with his victim Megan.
‘We lost both our mothers,’ he said. ‘We would sit there and drink until we got numb…..
‘That night, everybody was drunk, I said some very immature things…I was wrong. If I could turn back the clock I would….I apologize.
In a statement following his conviction Tory Lanez, 31, maintained his innocence and thanked his supporters
‘There have been these misconceptions about me being this monster, of not having remorse. But that’s just not true.
‘Everything I did that night I’m take responsibility for. I ask you for the chance to be a better father, a better mentor.
‘I’m asking you not to judge me just on this case, but on the full scope of my life. I do have a habitual disorder – I want to be a better person.’
Lanez’s 10-year jail sentence comprises six years for the first count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, plus a four-year enhancement to run consecutively on that charge because it resulted in serious bodily harm to Megan.
The Judge imposed a two-year jail term for the charge of shooting a firearm with gross negligence but he stayed that sentence.
And on the third charge of having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, he sentenced Lanez to two years jail, to run concurrently with the 10 years.
Judge Herriford – who ordered the musician to pay a $5,000 ‘restitution fine’ – credited him with 305 days time already served during his eight months in jail since his December conviction, including 40 days he served on house arrest.