Tory Lanez’s bid to return home has come to a screeching halt after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge rejected the musician’s motion for bail Thursday.
Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in August after being convicted on three felony counts over shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the feet in July of 2020. His legal team has since filed an appeal, and he was hoping to be released from jail until the appeal’s conclusion.
Tory Lanez is officially headed to prison.— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) September 14, 2023
"The motion will be denied and proceedings concluded. Thank you," Judge Herriford said.
Lanez grinned at his supporters, including his father and friends from the Unite the People legal services group, before being led out.
“The outcome on this motion (and case) is a miscarriage of justice. Simply put, Daystar Peterson is a trademark applicant for bond on appeal. He is not a flight risk, poses essentially no danger to society, and has strong merit-based arguments on appeal,” said L.A. defense attorney Matthew Barhoma, who represents Lanez, in a statement to The Times.
Lanez was facing 22 years and eight months in prison but was sentenced to 10 years due to a recently passed California law requiring courts to impose the middle length of a potential prison term unless there are aggravating circumstances.
Ahead of his sentence, Megan Thee Stallion — whose real name is Megan Pete — issued a statement, calling the rapper out for his lack of remorse.
“I struggle with being present. After everything that occurred I cannot bring myself back to being in the same room with Tory,” she wrote in the statement read by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta. “I’ve been tormented and terrorized. He paid bloggers to disseminate false information, he treated my trauma like a joke when I could’ve been dead,” she continued. “He blamed the system, he blamed the press, and as of late he is using his childhood trauma to justify his actions.”
Just last month before his sentencing Tory Lanez was a Christian philanthropist who wanted to be free so he could continue to console other bald men, now he’s calling women bitches in court. One thing about those true colors… https://t.co/Hj2evol1n5— Blanche NeverHo (@Black_Daria1) September 14, 2023
Lanez maintains his innocence.
“I have never let a hard time intimidate me. I will never let no jail time eliminate me. Regardless of how they try to spin my words, I have always maintained my innocence and I always will,” he wrote on Instagram last month.