Nearly two years after Megan Thee Stallion was allegedly shot in the foot by Tory Lanez, the rapper opened up about the incident in a new interview with Gayle King on "CBS Mornings." This marks Megan's first television interview since the shooting occurred on July 12, 2020.
During her interview with King, which aired on April 25, a tearful Megan detailed the events of the evening that led to the alleged shooting. "It was an argument because I was ready to go, and everybody else wasn't ready to go," she explained. The argument took place in an SUV that Lanez, Megan, and her friend at the time, Kelsey Nicole, were reportedly riding in together in the Hollywood Hills. "At that point, the argument wasn't even with me. The argument was with the two people in the backseat," Megan added.
"Like, even though this person just did this to me, my first reaction still was to try to save us."
Megan told King that she never raised her voice or became physical with anyone during the argument, but after she got out of the car, the situation escalated. "All I hear is this man screaming. And he said, 'Dance, b*tch.' And he started shooting," she recalled. "And I'm just like, 'Oh, my God.' Like, he shot a couple of times. And I was so scared." Megan alleged that Lanez was "standing up over the window" shooting, and in the moment, she was afraid to move for fear of being hit. "I didn't even want to move. I didn't want to move too quick," she said. "I don't know if he's gonna shoot something that's, like, super important. I don't know if he could shoot me and kill me . . . I was really scared because I had never been shot at before."
After the shooting, Megan said her "adrenaline was pumping so hard" she didn't realize she was bleeding from a gunshot wound until she looked down at her foot. King asked about Lanez's immediate response to the shooting, to which Megan revealed he started apologizing. "He said, 'I'm so sorry. Please don't tell nobody. I'll give y'all a million dollars if y'all don't say nothing.' And I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' Like, 'Why are you offering me money right now?' Help me. And if you sorry, just help me," she said.
At the time of the incident, Megan told police that her wound was from stepping on broken glass, but the rapper later came forward about her injury in an Instagram Live video on Aug. 20, 2020, BET reported. She told King that she initially withheld details about the shooting because she didn't want the incident to escalate further due to fears over police-involved shootings. "I didn't want them to kill any of us or shoot any of us. So I just said, 'I stepped on glass,'" she shared. ". . . Like, even though this person just did this to me, my first reaction still was to try to save us. Like, I didn't want to see anybody die."
Since the shooting, Megan revealed that her anxiety has gotten worse and her personal relationships have changed because she's "not as trusting" as she used to be. "I got this wall, and I don't want to make any friends. And I'm trying to be as nice as I can to everybody," she told King. "New people, I probably won't even hold a conversation longer than 30 minutes 'cause I feel like every time I'm talking, I'm like, on the verge of tears, and I don't want to have to explain to strangers why I'm crying."
Lanez was arrested on suspicion of possession of an unregistered firearm, and on Oct. 8, 2020, The New York Times reported that Lanez was charged with assault and possession of an unregistered firearm. On Dec. 13, 2021, during a preliminary hearing, LA County judge Keith Borjon upheld the assault and weapons possession charges against the Canadian rapper. However, Lanez maintains he's not guilty.
During the hearing, the Los Angeles Times reported Los Angeles Police Det. Ryan Stogner testified that, according to an interview he conducted with Megan, Lanez did yell, "Dance, b*tch!" as he allegedly opened fire on her. The Deputy Dist. Atty. read a partial transcript from a phone call Lanez made to a friend of Megan's from jail on the night of the shooting, in which he allegedly apologized for what happened and said he "made a mistake."
Both Lanez and his attorney, Shawn Holley, noted that the shooting was never specifically mentioned during the call, and during the detective's testimony, in which he testified that Lanez was remorseful during the same conversation, Lanez reportedly shouted in court, "How about you tell me what I was apologizing for, bro? That don't make no sense," before being hushed by his lawyer and the judge.
The case is set to go to trial in September of this year. Watch Megan's full interview on "CBS Mornings" above.