Tory Lanez’s father has revealed that his son has forgiven Megan Thee Stallion despite facing a lengthy prison sentence over allegations that he shot her.
Sonstar Peterson uploaded a video on Instagram on Thursday (January 12) addressing his son’s recent criminal trial, in which he was convicted of firing shots at the Houston Hottie and wounding her feet during a drunken dispute in July 2020.
It comes after Peterson caused a stir on the final day of the trial by expressing his anger at the jury’s verdict both inside and outside the Los Angeles courthouse, blasting JAY-Z — whose Roc Nation company manages Megan — in the process.
During the 40-minute social media sermon, Peterson said that both he and Tory, as well as other members of their family, forgave Megan a “long time ago” for reporting Tory to the police over the alleged shooting, for which he faces up to 22 years and eight months behind bars.
“This might come as a shock to many of you, but guess what?” he said. “Both my son, myself and others of our family have long decided that we are not going to hold any animosity against Megan Pete a.k.a. Megan Thee Stallion. We forgave that girl a long time ago. A long time ago.”
Peterson — a former pastor and ordained minister — went on to say that their decision stemmed from the knowledge that forgiveness is essential to one’s spiritual and physical wellbeing, and that harboring resentment can cause sickness and disease.
“We know that the principle of forgiveness is important in order to cleanse one’s heart, to cleanse one’s soul and to not be bound up with hatred,” he continued. “Hatred, esentment, bitterness — those things can actually diseases of the bones, it has been proven.
“And it can cause sickness in your body because you’re holding onto something that is negative against the real life force in your life.”
While it seems that he and Tory have let go of any animosity towards Megan, Peterson remained steadfast in his fight against what he referred to as “the machine.”
“Some will no doubt actually question: is he actually saying that Tory forgave Megan for all of what’s going on?” he added. “Yes, we have forgiven her. But what we will not back down from is the machine.”
Tory Lanez was found guilty on all three counts he was charged with on December 23. They included felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
After the guilty verdict was handed down, Sonstar Peterson reportedly branded the court system “wicked” and called two of the prosecutors “evil” before being forcibly removed from the courtroom. Law & Crime reporter Meghann Cuniff called it a “crazy and downright scary scene.”
Peterson continued his angry tirade outside the courthouse, where he told reporters he had “witnessed the worst miscarriage of justice that this world has ever seen.”
He then read aloud a list of names that included Megan Thee Stallion’s attorney Alex Spiro, Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez, “and the whole wicked system of Roc Nation, including you, JAY-Z. You who say you rose from the gutter, but you have traded and bartered the souls of young men — and you’re still doing it.”
Tory Lanez was due to be sentenced on January 27, but that date has since been delayed to February 28 amid a major shakeup to the rapper’s legal team.
Earlier this month, the Toronto native replaced his defense attorney George Mgdesyan with David Kenner, who famously helped Snoop Dogg beat his 1993 murder case and also previously represented Suge Knight.
The change was made due to Lanez’s plan to appeal his conviction. “I don’t do appeals, so we had to get somebody on board to handle the appeal,” Mgdesyan told Rolling Stone’s Nancy Dillon.
While Tory has yet to address his potentially decades-long prison sentence, an alleged mugshot of the rapper went viral on social media earlier this week thanks to him flashing a carefree smile in the photo.