Lawyers representing Megan Pete, professionally known as Megan Thee Stallion, are considering legal action against bloggers and other media that published misinformation about the rapper during the Tory Lanez trial. Lanez was convicted of assault with a firearm, possession of a concealed firearm, and negligent discharge of a gun, and is now awaiting sentencing which is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2023.
According to a report from NBC, a small group of media platforms published misinformation about the case and subsequent trial, and Pete’s lawyers are reportedly “exploring all legal options” against those platforms.
Pete has taken to social media in the past in response to the misinformation and criticism she’s faced, posting, “It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.”
Media platforms such as NoJumper, Hollywood Unlocked, and others have received criticism for publishing content that casts doubt on Pete’s accusations against Lanez. Many of the platforms have published theories on what transpired between Pete and Lanez, often citing Pete’s sexual history and a preliminary police report that suggested that Pete’s injuries were due to broken glass and not bullet fragments. A later report from the surgeons who operated on Pete’s feet provided evidence that Pete’s injuries were indeed the result of bullet fragments.
Jason Lee, founder of Hollywood Unlocked, has responded to the criticism of his platform’s coverage of the trial, stating, “Jason Lee gives his opinion, but Hollywood Unlocked is unbiased. At first I thought it was unfair for people to automatically say Tory was guilty without giving him an opportunity in court. I’ve always struggled with the way she’s been treated. While I don’t believe it’s fair to say Tory’s automatically guilty, I also don’t believe it’s fair to call a woman who says she was shot by a man a ‘liar.’