According to journalist Meghann Cuniff, Iggy Azalea was the author of one of the many letters Judge David Herriford received on Tory Lanez' behalf. Although the full written statement has not been made available publicly, WIFR 23 reports that Azalea requested that the sentence is "transformative, not life-destroying."
Among several others speaking on Tory Lanez’ behalf in court is the mother of his child and a chaplain from a Los Angeles County Jail who relayed the 31-year old has been a spiritual example and akin to a peacekeeper in a high-tension environment.
The sentencing reignites conversations about the extent of Tory Lanez involvement in the commission of the crime, criminal justice inequalities and the socially-accepted mishandling of women who accuse men of status. Megan Thee Stallion's unfair public treatment exposed a toxicity in the hip-hop community and those who are fans of the industry.
The level of misinformation that surrounded the case also raises the question of how much journalistic integrity has been abandoned for the sake of building relationships and clicks as a result of false narratives and blatant lies. As everyone watched, the tone of the conversation began to swing from Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Peete, being shot to salacious reasons why or if she had even been shot at all.
Questions regarding the validity of the Houston rapper’s claims continued after medical records proved that Peete required surgery to remove a foreign object from her foot after the shooting. There appeared to be a concerted effort to place the victim on trial.
As the “Say It” singer faces prison time after a guilty conviction, Megan has noticeably been absent from social media as she announced that she would be taking a break from the industry to focus on “healing”.
" "Fans can expect new music when I’m in a better place," the three-time Grammy winner tells InStyle. "Right now, I’m focused on healing.""- Megan Thee Stallion, InStyle
Before Judge Herriford wrapped the hearing for the day, District Attorney Kathy Ta read a statement that Peete submitted in place of her physical attendance, citing her mental health as the primary reason for her absence.
Tory Lanez' sentencing is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 10:30 am.