Megan Thee Stallion’s bodyguard is reportedly unaccounted for after the rapper and her former assistant testified against Tory Lanez earlier this week.
According to TMZ, the hitmaker’s security guard Justin Edison has allegedly gone missing, but an official missing persons case has not yet been opened by the LAPD.
Edison remains a key figure in the trial who allegedly possesses critical information that could help decide whether or not Megan’s fellow rapper Tory Lanez, 30, will be convicted of felony charges.
Lanez has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Megan after a pool party hosted by Kylie Jenner in 2020.
The Body rapper, 27, was allegedly shot by Lanez in the foot during an altercation at Jenner’s home.
Megan Thee Stallion’s bodyguard Justin Edison is reportedly unaccounted for after the rapper and her assistant testified against Tory Lanez earlier this week. According to TMZ, Edison has allegedly gone missing, but an official missing persons case has not yet been opened by the LAPD
Megan’s attorney, Alex Shapiro, released the statement: ‘We recently learned that Justin Edison went missing right before he was scheduled to appear in court. The LAPD is currently looking into his disappearance, and welcome any information about his whereabouts.’
The Shade Room first broke the news of Edison’s alleged disappearance and the outlet now reports that his own attorney has not heard from him since Thursday, according to an insider.
The source also alleged that Megan’s missing bodyguard has critical information about the case.
Edison has already attracted attention during the trial as he received a series of text messages from Megan’s ex-assistant Kelsey Harris in the aftermath of the shooting.
‘Help,’ Harris messaged Edison. ‘Tory shot Meg.’
Harris followed up those two messages with a third and final ominous text: ‘911.’
Megan’s attorney, Alex Shapiro, released the statement: ‘We recently learned that Justin Edison went missing right before he was scheduled to appear in court. The LAPD is currently looking into his disappearance, and welcome any information about his whereabouts’
Edison has already attracted attention during the trial as he received a series of text messages from Megan’s ex-assistant Kelsey Harris in the aftermath of the shooting
Finding Edison is a top priority since his appearance in court could help clear up the hazy testimony given by Kelsey Harris earlier this week.
The day after Megan Thee Stallion testified that Lanez shot her in the foot, Harris told a jury on Wednesday that Lanez threatened to shoot her too.
But when prosecutors asked the ex-assistant to describe exactly what Lanez said in his threat, she invoked the Fifth Amendment – the right not to testify.
However, she did tell the court that it was ‘ridiculous’ to believe that Harris herself was the one who pulled the trigger and shot at Megan Thee Stallion’s feet.
Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta asked: ‘Why don’t you want to answer that question?’
Ta suggested that the reason Harris would not explain what happened might be that Lanez was sitting about 20 feet away in the courtroom.
The Shade Room first broke the news of Edison’s alleged disappearance and the outlet now reports that his own attorney has not heard from him since Thursday, according to an insider. The source also asserts that Megan’s missing bodyguard has critical information about the case
Megan Thee Stallion’s assistant Kelsey Harris (pictured) testified earlier this week that Tory Lanez threatened to shoot her before opening fire on the singer’s feet
The rapper entered the court this week wearing a purple power suit
‘It doesn’t bother me – but I don’t want to be here,’ said Harris who, before her testimony began Wednesday, brought in her own attorney to plead the Fifth in the hope of not testifying at all.
But after hearing an assurance from the Deputy District Attorney Alex Bott that he’s not seeking to prosecute Harris for anything she says in the witness box, Judge David Herriford granted her ‘use immunity’.
Lanez – who wore a light brown suit and black turtleneck shirt Wednesday at criminal court in downtown Los Angeles – has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assaulting Megan with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a concealed gun in a vehicle. He could spend up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Last week the LA DA added another felony charge – discharging a firearm with gross negligence – which carries an additional 6-year jail term, plus possible deportation for the Canadian-born musician, whose real name is Daystar Peterson. He’s denied the third charge as well.
In a full day of testimony Tuesday, Megan told the jury of eight women and four men that she and Lanez had been to a pool party July 12, 2020 at the home of Kylie Jenner – who may be called as a defense witness – and were in his SUV in the Hollywood Hills with Megan’s then-assistant/best friend, Harris, when an argument erupted.
Megan – real name Megan Pete – asked Lanez’ driver to stop the car and she got out – which was when she said Lanez yelled ‘Dance b****’ and fired a gun several times at her, injuring her feet so seriously that she needed surgery.
Megan Thee Stallion’s sharing pictures of the injuries her foot sustained after Tory Lanez allegedly shot her
Tory Lanez attended LA Superior Court on Wednesday
Lanez was pictured leaving court while holding his child – for the second day in a row
She also testified that Lanez offered her and Harris a million dollars to keep quiet about the incident.
Lanez – who is free on $350,000 bail – later apologized to her, saying he was drunk at the time of the shooting.
Meanwhile, his defense team has suggested that it was Harris, not Lanez, who fired the gun.
In court Wednesday, Harris – dressed all in black – called the accusation that she shot Megan ‘ridiculous.’
But she admitted that in the SUV after the pool party, she argued with Megan over their rivalry for the affections of Lanez.
Beginning her testimony, Harris – who hasn’t seen Megan since the shooting incident – told Ta, ‘I don’t want to be here today. It’s a triggering situation.
‘My name has been thrown around – lies from Megan. I did not ask to be in this.
‘She (Megan) has painted a picture that I betrayed her, that I’m this bad person….that I took hush money.’
Harris told the jury of seven women and five men – a male alternate had to replace one of the female jurors Wednesday – that she and Lanez had ‘more than a friendship’ before she went back to her native Texas to stay with her family during the Covid-19 crisis.
But by the time she returned to LA, Lanez’ relationship with Megan had grown more close, the court heard
At the pool gathering at Kylie Jenner’s home in July 2020, ‘Megan was drunk,’ said Harris. ‘Her demeanor was off. She was laughing obnoxiously’
Lanez’ defense team has suggested that it was Harris, not Lanez, who fired the gun
At the pool gathering at Kylie Jenner’s home in July 2020, ‘Megan was drunk,’ said Harris. ‘Her demeanor was off. She was laughing obnoxiously.’
And, she added, ‘Tory was being Tory, flirting with Kylie.’
Asked by Ta what happened when Harris, Megan and Lanez left in his SUV, Harris responded, ‘Do I have to answer that.’
When Judge Herriford told her ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘Megan was rambling. There was a lot of going back and forth, name calling, between me and Megan and Tory.’
When Tory made reference to the sexual relationship he had with Megan, Harris said, Megan was like, ‘Don’t listen to him…..Why are you telling her that?’ I was confused – I didn’t know what was going on.’
Harris said she and Megan argued about her (Megan’s) relationship with Lanez and her ‘disloyalty.’
‘Megan and Tory were taking jabs at each other. She started attacking Tory’s career as an artist. Everyone was calling each other names.’
Harris told the jury that she ‘couldn’t remember’ seeing Lanez shoot at Megan.
‘I don’t know what I saw – it’s a blur,’ she said.
DDA Ta reminded Harris that last September, in an interview with the DA and police, she said she saw Lanez, ‘shooting over the car window…He was aiming the gun straight, but always in a downward direction toward Megan.
‘I don’t remember what I told you in September,’ she responded. ‘I said a few things that weren’t true.’
Lanez faces a prison sentence if found guilty following the 2020 shooting
When Ta confronted Harris with the question: ‘You saw what happened during the shooting, didn’t you?’ Harris replied, ‘No, honestly no.’
And when Ta reminded her of her September 2022 interview with the DA and cops in which she said she had seen Lanez shooting at Megan, Harris said: ‘In that interview, I was not a hundred percent truthful….This was a night of alcohol. I don’t know.’
‘Did you shoot Megan?’ Ta asked her. ‘No,’ she answered.
‘Who shot Megan? Ta then queried. ‘All I heard was shots – I did not see who was shooting,’ said Harris.
‘Did you say in that September interview that after the shooting, Tory physically assaulted you?’ asked Ta. ‘I said a lot of things,’ Harris responded.
Exasperated by Harris’ vague responses and claims she didn’t remember, Ta asked her, ‘What’s going on with you today….In September you gave us a lot of details (about the shooting) but today everything is a blur to you.
‘What happened between September and today?’
Harris replied that she had been under a lot of stress, dealing with a death in her family, a sick baby and the fact that ‘I didn’t want to be here’ in court Wednesday.
Asked by Ta if Lanez had tried to contact her since her September interview with the police and DA, Harris said ‘No.’
Harris did concede that after the shooting, she sent the text messages to Megan’s security guard saying, ‘Help’, ‘Tory shot Meg,’ and ‘911.’
But when Ta asked her why she had sent the texts if she hadn’t actually seen Lanez shoot Megan, she replied, ‘Assumption….I was in a panic.’
Ta showed the jury photos Harris had taken of bruises she said in the September interview had been caused by Lanez’ assault on her after the shooting.
But when Harris was asked Wednesday how she got the bruises, she said: ‘I don’t know.’
Asked by Ta why she was not being truthful, Harris said, ‘To protect myself….I don’t want to incriminate myself.’
‘How could you incriminate yourself? Ta fired back. ‘Did you fire the weapon at Megan? ‘No,’ said Harris.
And she also told the court that after the shooting, she ‘didn’t notice’ the blood pouring from Megan’s wounded feet, nor the bloodstained towel in the back of the SUV which Megan used to mop up the blood.
Reminding Harris of the penalties of committing perjury, Ta asked her again, ‘You didn’t realize Meg was bleeding all over the back of the car?’
Said, Harris, ‘I wasn’t paying attention to the bleeding.’
When Lanez called Harris at the hospital where Megan was taken after the shooting, he said he was ‘deeply sorry’ and said he was very drunk at the time of the shooting incident.
But in the witness box Wednesday, when Ta asked her, ‘Did Tory say what he was apologizing for? Harris answered ‘No.’
‘Did you ask him what he was apologizing for?’ said Ta. ‘No.’ she answered again.