Tory Lanez’ team allegedly sent emails to media outlets to “campaign press” on his behalf.
A source close to the situation tells Billboard that Tory’s team created fake emails and texts in the wake of the shooting involving Megan Thee Stallion. In one email, the person claimed to be Kevin Leong, Head of Creative at Megan’s label, 300 Entertainment. The email contained a link to an article that alleged that Megan did not want to testify against Lanez.
“In this day and age, digital security is of utmost importance. The email impersonation of our Head of Creative Kevin Leong, with the intent to disseminate false information has been brought to our attention and we are working diligently on Megan’s behalf to get to the bottom of the matter,” 300 Entertainment said in a statement to Billboard.
Rap-Up also received several of these emails, which contained links and videos to drum up support for Lanez while trying to discredit Megan following the shooting.
Megan’s team has accused Tory’s camp of launching a “smear campaign” against her. “We have been made aware of manipulated text messages and invented email accounts that have been disseminated to the media in a calculated attempt to peddle a false narrative about the events that occurred on July the 12th,” Megan’s attorney, Alex Spiro, told Page Six. “A smear campaign can’t change the truth.”
However, a representative for Lanez “strongly denies” that he was the one sending the emails. “The only commentary which has been made on this topic was the creative output on the album,” says his rep. “We are investigating who could be sending these false emails and intend to take action against them.”
According to the source, the July 12 shooting occurred following a disagreement between Megan and Tory. “[Lanez] was supposed to be dropping her off at home with her friend, and an argument ensued,” the source tells Billboard. “He started calling her names. So she said she wanted to get out of the car. She got out of the car, walked away from the car, and at a short distance, he told her, ‘dance bitch,’ pulled out a gun and shot [at] her four times. Two times hit her, one in each foot, and the other two missed her.”
Tory, who was charged with possession of a concealed weapon, denied shooting Megan on his surprise project DAYSTAR. “Girl, you had the nerve to write that statement on the affidavit / Knowin’ I ain’t do it but I’m comin’ at my truest,” he raps on “Money Over Fallouts,” while also questioning her injuries. “How the f**k you get shot in your foot? Don’t hit no bones and tendons?”
Cedars-Sinai medical records from the aftermath of the shooting align with Megan’s account that she was shot in her feet and shrapnel was found in her heel.
Following the incident, Lanez reportedly reached out to Megan and apologized. “Tory starts texting her. He starts apologizing, saying, ‘I’m your friend. I love you. Please. I was just drunk. Call me. I wanna make this work.’”
This occurred while Megan was in surgery to remove the bullets from her feet. Lanez also allegedly offered Megan and her friend Kelsey Nicole “hush money” to cover it up. “He was trying to keep her quiet,” a source told Page Six.