But it seems most people weren't convinced.
The Canadian rapper insisted the allegations against him are "not true" and tried to discredit Megan's claims that he had shot her in the feet during a July 12 altercation. He pointed to TMZ's initial report that confirmed he had been arrested in Los Angeles for possession of a weapon. Megan, her friend, and his body guard were reportedly riding in the vehicle shortly before Lanez's arrest; however, the first reports made no mention of Megan sustaining gun shot wounds.
Lanez said he had planned to make a public statement on the matter, but was advised against it.
"Two days after that, I get a call from Roc Nation that says, 'Yo, we heard you were gonna to make a statement about what happened, and it'd be in your best interest if you don't make that statement,'" he said. "And I'm like, OK? I don't understand the issue of me telling my fans, like, 'Yo, it's not that serious of a deal ...'"
He also pointed to subsequent reports that stated Megan was treated for injuries that were believed to have been caused by shattered glass: "Nobody has ever said she got shot," Lanez said, referring to early reports. More than a week later, Megan shared an Instagram post of her injuries and claimed she had been shot. The Houston rapper said the bullet wounds were "a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me."
It's important to note that Complex has reviewed Cedars-Sinai medical records that support Megan's claim; doctors reportedly found shrapnel in her heel shortly after the incident. Lanez did not address this fact, and instead focused on the early reports that made no mention of bullet injuries.
He also stated that Megan claimed she was shot in the feet as she was walking away from the vehicle, which means she did not see who allegedly fired the shots. He also questioned why Megan never revealed she was a victim of a shooting when police arrived at the scene. Megan explained her reasoning in an Instagram video, in which she outright accused Lanez of shooting her. She said she was too afraid to initially tell police what really happened because it could've ended in more blood shed.
"The police come, I'm scared. All this shit going on with the police? The police is shooting motherfuckers for anything," she said. "The police was literally killing Black people for no motherfucking reason ... You think I'm about to tell the police that we—n***as, us Black people—got a gun in the car? You want me to tell them we got in a gun in a car so they can shoot all of us up? N***a, I'm scared ... Why the fuck would I tell [the police] somebody got a gun in this car and this n***a shot me? So I can get shot, you can shot, she can get shot, he can get shot?"
Lanez went on to claim he has always "showed out for Black women" and still considers Megan a friend despite all the "false information."
"... It’s not accurate information. I don’t ever wanna come off like I'm here to bash this girl or I'm here to talk down about this girl or ever be at a place where, like, I'm disrespecting her, because to me, as a person, she's still my friend," he said. "No matter what — even if she doesn't look at me like that — I look at her like she’s still my friend."
It seems the feeling isn't mutual. During Lanez's Instagram Live broadcast, Megan tweeted the following message:
Many Twitter users agreed. Though Lanez made a lengthy attempt to argue his innocence, some viewers noted he never once specifically denied shooting Megan. He simply referred to "false" and "inaccurate" allegations/information.
Lanez has been charged with one count of assault with a firearm and one count of carrying an unregistered firearm in a vehicle in connection to the incident. He could face more than 22 years in prison if convicted on all charges.