Rapper Tory Lanez was briefly jailed on Tuesday after a judge ruled he violated a protective order in a felony assault case in which he is accused of shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the feet .
Lanez, 29, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was handcuffed in a Los Angeles courtroom and taken to jail. He posted bail and was released a few hours later.
At the hearing, Superior Court Judge David Herriford found the Canadian rapper violated orders not to contact or harass Megan and not to discuss evidence with third parties.
Although Peterson did not contact Megan directly, Herriford said some of her tweets seemed like clear messages to her, and he ordered Peterson not to mention her on any social media.
Peterson’s attorney, Shawn Holley, said in court he had not provided information to a Twitter user who posted in February that Peterson’s DNA had not been found on the weapon in the case.
In her argument, Holley said the tweet, now deleted, was not entirely accurate. She said an investigation showed there were four DNA contributors on the handgun, making it unclear whether Peterson’s DNA was found. She said her DNA was definitely not found on the gun’s magazine.
The prosecution had requested that Peterson’s bond be revoked entirely or increased to US$5 million.
“We are delighted that the Court has dismissed these outrageous claims,” Holly said in an email after the hearing.
The judge instead increased the $250,000 bail Peterson posted after his 2020 arrest to $350,000.
A September trial date was chosen and Peterson was asked to return for a hearing in June. He pleaded not guilty.
⏰ will be 🗣…and the truth will come to light…I trust God to show it…love to all my fans and the people who have stuck with me & know my heart…one accusation is not a conviction. If you supported me or meg through this, I really appreciate you.
Peterson, Megan and others were in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills after a party on July 12, 2020. Authorities allege he shot her feet during an argument after she walked out.
After months of speculation and publicity surrounding the incident, Peterson was charged with felony assault in October 2020, and in December last year a judge determined there was enough evidence for he be judged.
After his initial arrest, Peterson tweeted that “the truth will come out.”
Peterson has had a successful string of mixtapes and major-label releases since the start of his career in 2009, with his last two albums reaching the top 10 on Billboard’s charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was already a big rising star at the time of filming and has thrived ever since. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and had No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her own song Savage with Beyoncé and as a guest on Cardi B’s WAP.