Megan Thee Stallion’s boyfriend Pardi supports her during trial

Rapper Pardison “Pardi” Fontaine publicly endorsed girlfriend Megan Thee Stallion on Thursday during the Los Angeles judges’ debate over whether rapper Tory Lanez shot the “Savage” host in the foot two years ago.

“I feel for you, any woman, especially non-whites who have suffered injustice,” Fontaine wrote in an Instagram story Thursday.

“[W]then you find the courage to speak up.. you will seem like a laughing stock.. your credibility [be] questioned.. your entire past will be put under a scrutiny..in the public eye, you can go from victim to accused in an instant,” the “Backin’ It Up” rapper continued.

“Anyone who has a daughter, sister, mother, niece or aunt. I pray for their protection. I pray for them to be covered. I don’t want that on anyone,” he wrote.

Fontaine, who has been with Megan for over two years, was the last to speak on behalf of the “Savage Remix” collaborator. On Wednesday, conservative commentator Candace Owens shocked many when she endorsed the three-time Grammy winner, saying, “What Megan Thee Stallion plays in her real life… is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen.” I saw.”

Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, is not the person on trial but seemed to spearhead the occasional contentious nine-day trial. The “Hot Girl Summer” rapper has faced a wave of misogynistic criticism from her peers since announcing she was shot in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020 and later naming Lanez as the supposed hit man.

The scrutiny was renewed when Lanez’s assault trial began earlier this month, especially when Megan took the witness stand in a downtown LA courtroom last week.

The cool artist behind hits like “WAP” and “Body” was often on the verge of cracking up when he spoke of suicide, depression, and regret for citing the shooting incident in his four-hour emotional statement on December 13. She was hospitalized with bullet fragments in her foot.

“I wish he had shot and killed me if I had known that I would have to go through this torture,” the 27-year-old said in his statement.

Canadian hip-hop star Lanez, 30, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, is facing charges of firearm assault, illegal possession of a weapon and negligent shooting. If found guilty, he will face more than 22 years in prison.

However, the defense team tried to shift the blame to Megan’s estranged best friend Kelsey Harris, who was also present on the night of the shooting. Lanez’s lawyer argued that Harris exploded after an alcoholic statement that both women were sleeping with Lanez. Not standing trial, Harris gave jurors contradictory statements about the alleged events that took place in the Hollywood Hills that night.

The lawsuit, meanwhile, has reignited debates about misogyny in the male-dominated hip-hop industry, where Megan rose with a discography of songs about powerful women, particularly powerful Black women. Lanez also posted an entire record of refusing to be shot, and more recently Canadian rapper friend Drake has implied that he doesn’t believe Megan’s accusations against Lanez on the track “Circo Loco.”

Closing discussions on the case were heard on Wednesday, and a jury of seven women and five men began deliberations on Thursday. A decision can be made by Friday.

Times staff writers James Queally and Jonah Valdez contributed to this report.

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