LOS ANGELES (AP) – An op-ed by Megan Thee Stallion about the need to protect black women was published Tuesday when rapper Tory Lanez had his first court hearing on crime charges claiming to shoot her.
“I was recently the victim of a man’s assault,” she wrote in the New York Times, without mentioning Lanez. The op-ed was published shortly before a judge released him on bail and ordered him to stay away from her.
“After a party, I was shot twice when I walked away from him,” she wrote of the attacker. “We weren’t in a relationship. To be honest, I was shocked to end up in that place.”
In the piece entitled “Why I Speak Up For Black Women,” the hip-hop star writes that “black women are still constantly disrespected and ignored in so many areas of life.”
In her first public comments on the case since Lanez was charged on Thursday, she explains why on July 12, the night she was shot in the feet in the Hollywood Hills, she refused to tell police or otherwise disclose her injuries. were caused by gunfire.
“My initial silence about what happened was out of fear of myself and my friends,” she writes. “Even as a victim I have been received with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a part in my own violent attack proves that my fears of discussing what happened were unfortunately justified. “
Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, appeared by phone in Los Angeles on charges of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He only said “yes, Your Honor” to a series of questions from the judge and made no plea. His arraignment was postponed until November 18.
Lanez’s bail was set at $ 190,000, which was promptly posted, and he was ordered not to contact Megan Thee Stallion and to turn over any weapons he owns.
His lawyer Shawn Holley then declined comment.
The day after he was charged, Lanez said on Twitter that “the truth will come to light” and “an indictment is not a conviction.”
After teasing on September 24 that he could tell his side of the story on social media later that night, he instead released a new album, “Daystar,” which is currently number 10 on Billboard’s album chart.
Prosecutors allege that Lanez fired at Megan Thee Stallion, whose official name is Megan Pete, after she got out of an SUV during an argument. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of about 23 years.
In her op-ed, she places her shooting and its aftermath in the context of greater problems for black women, “who fight stereotypes and are seen as angry or threatening when we try to stand up for ourselves and our sisters.”
“We deserve to be protected as humans,” she writes. “And we are entitled to our anger at a laundry list of abuse and neglect we endure.”
Megan Thee Stallion has had a breakout over the past two years that has made her one of the biggest stars in hip hop. She was nominated for artist of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards, was the musical guest at the season premiere of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and her guest stint on Cardi B’s song ‘WAP’ helped change the track – and the video clip – into a huge cultural phenomenon.
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