Supporters of Megan Thee Stallion will gather outside the LA Courthouse as she testifies in the trial of Tory Lanez


Supporters of Megan Thee Stallion are due to gather outside a courtroom in Los Angeles on Tuesday as the Grammy-winning hip-hop star prepares to testify in the trial of rapper Tory Lanez, accused of shooting Megan in the foot on July 12. 2020.

The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded in 2005 by singer Harry Belafonte, partners with women’s rights groups and violence prevention organizations, including the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium , 2nd Call, Homies Unidos, Take Charge, Inc., COMMUNITYx, Inc. and TimeDon to express their support for the “Savage” singer as she is set to recount the events leading up to the alleged shooting.

A source confirmed to ABC News that Megan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, is expected to testify on Tuesday.

“As an organization that values ​​dignity, justice and liberation, we – along with many organizations – bring together [Tuesday] to show our solidarity with Meg and support her with our love,” Carmen Perez-Jordan, President and CEO of The Gathering for Justice, said in a statement. “We are committed to spreading the message that violence is not the answer. We know that now is the time to stand up for victims of violence, especially violence against black women.”

Jury selection in the trial of Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, took place last week and opening statements and testimony are scheduled to begin on Monday.

Megan Thee Stallion performs live on July 07, 2019 in London, England.

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Prosecutors say Lanez “personally inflicted grievous bodily harm” on Megan Thee Stallion after the two got into a fight while driving in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills, resulting in a foot injury for which she was awarded medical care.

Lanez, a popular rapper, was originally charged in October 2020 with one count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm (personal use of a firearm) and possession of a firearm. fire-charged and unregistered in a vehicle, according to charging documents obtained by ABC. New. “Personal use of a firearm” is not a separate charge but a sentencing enhancement tied to the first charge that increases Lanez’s possible sentence.

Lanez was charged last week with an additional count of grossly negligently discharging a firearm, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office confirmed to ABC News.

Lanez pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

“We are confident that at the end of this trial the truth will come out and that Mr. Peterson will be cleared of all charges,” Lanez attorney Sarkis Manukyan told ABC News on Tuesday.

PHOTO: FILE – Tory Lanez performs on stage on July 05, 2019 in London.

Tory Lanez performs live on July 05, 2019 in London.

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If convicted, he faces up to 22 years and 8 months in prison, according to prosecutors.

The case sparked intense debate about society’s treatment of women and Megan’s account of the incident – and the intense public vitriol she faced after sharing her story – brought the Protect Black movement to light. Women, which addresses the two-pronged battle of sexism and racism that black women experience in their own communities and in society at large.

Megan, who has used her platform to shine a light on black women’s stories, has become one of the movement’s most visible voices.

“It’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase ‘Protect Black Women’ is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed published on October 13, 2020.

“We are entitled to our anger at a long list of abuse and neglect that we suffer,” she added.


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