Tory Lanez has filed a motion seeking a new trial after being found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion, Rolling Stone reports. Lanez faces more than 20 years in prison following the December 2022 ruling, in which a jury found him guilty of assault with a semiautomatic handgun, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
Lanez' appeal is based largely on social media activity with his attorney Jose Baez telling TMZ that jurors in the trial were "erroneously allowed" to see an Instagram comment. Baez claims that this comment, which reportedly shows Lanez stating that Megan’s former friend Kelsey Harris was not the shooter, was posted from the musician's account by his content creator Joshua Farias.
The filing, obtained by Rolling Stone, includes a declaration from Farias backing up that claim. He states that he posted “that’s not true” in response to a comment on The Shade Room’s account stating, “People saying Kelsey shot her.” The comment was used by Megan's legal team during the trial to counteract the defense's suggestion that Harris was the shooter.
In January Lanez' lawyers successfully lobbied the judge to delay his sentencing until April while they review trial transcripts and prep a motion.
The FADER has reached out to Megan Thee Stallion’s attorney for comment.