Tory Lanez continues to maintain his innocence after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.
The Canadian hip-hop star took to Instagram on Thursday, to say he is ready to do the time, but won’t apologize because he is not guilty of the crime.
“I have never let a hard time intimidate me. I will never 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,” Lanez wrote on Instagram two days after he learned his sentence.
The 31-year-old rapper added, “This week in court I took responsibility for all verbal and intimate moments that I shared with the parties involved… that’s it.”
“In no way shape or form was I apologizing for the charges I’m being wrongfully convicted of. I remain on the stance that I refuse to apologize for something that I did not do,” he continued.
“I’ve faced adversity my whole life and every time it looked like I would lose, I came out on top. This is nothing but another moment where my back is against the wall and I refuse to stop fighting till I come out victorious.”
Lanez concluded by thanking his supporters and said, “See you soon.”
The rapper, born Daystar Peterson, was found guilty of three felony counts on Dec. 23, 2022.
The charges included assault with a semiautomatic firearm; discharging a firearm with gross negligence; and carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
After months of delays, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford handed down the sentence on Aug. 8.
“Actions have consequences, and there are no winners in this case,” Herriford said.
Following the two-day sentencing hearing, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón praised Megan Thee Stallion for her “incredible bravery.”
“Women, especially Black women, are afraid to report crimes like assault because they are too often not believed,” Gascón said in a statement. “I commend Megan Pete for her incredible bravery and vulnerability as she underwent months of probing investigation and court appearances where she had to relive her trauma, and the public scrutiny that followed.”