Appearing at a court in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old Houston rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, described her “shock” when recounting the night of the alleged shooting, which took place at Kylie Jenner’s house in the Hollywood Hills on 12 July 2020.
She told jurors “I can’t believe I have to come here and do this” and outlined the “torture” she felt from having to relive the incident through the trial.
“I don’t wanna be on this Earth,” she said at one point. “I wish he woulda shot and killed me if I knew I would go through this torture.”
She explained that Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, had told her to “dance” before opening fire at her, after an argument in which she criticised his musical talent.
Peterson, 30, denies all three charges: one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and a third charge of discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
If convicted, however, Peterson could face up to 22 years and eight months in prison, as well as deportation, because he’s a Canadian citizen.
Describing the moment of the shooting, Megan Pete said that her argument with Peterson began in a car, which she then got out from. “I started walking away and I hear Tory yell, ‘Dance, bitch!’” she told the jury, before detailing how she saw Peterson brandishing a gun and firing at her.
“I froze. I just felt shock. I felt hurt. I looked down at my feet and I see all of this blood,” she said.
“Everything feels blurry,” she continued. “Tory was basically telling me I wasn’t shit, and I said, ‘Actually, you ain’t shit. This is where you at in your career. This is where you at with your music.’ And I feel like that really rubbed him the wrong way.”
Pete’s longtime friend Kelsey Harris who was present during the incident is also set to testify.
The trial continues.