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Los An­ge­les prose­cu­tors on Thurs­day charged rap­per Tory Lanez with shoot­ing artist Me­gan Thee Stal­lion dur­ing an ar­gu­ment ear­lier this year.

Lanez is ac­cused of shoot­ing at Me­gan Thee Stal­lion’s feet, hit­ting her, af­ter she left a SUV dur­ing a fight in the Hol­ly­wood Hills on July 12, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

He faces two felony charges — as­sault with a semi­au­to­matic firearm and car­ry­ing a loaded, un­reg­is­tered firearm in a ve­hi­cle. A mes­sage sent to his rep­re­sen­ta­tive was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Lanez, a 27-year-old Cana­dian rap­per and singer whose le­gal name is Daystar Peter­son, is due to be ar­raigned Tues­day in Los An­ge­les. If con­victed, he faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of roughly 23 years.

Me­gan Thee Stal­lion, whose real name is Me­gan Pete, is iden­ti­fied in the felony com­plaint only as Me­gan P.

She had de­clined to name Lanez as the per­son who shot her in so­cial me­dia posts and videos on the sub­ject for more than a month. But on Aug. 20, she said in an In­sta­gram video that “Yes ... Tory shot me,” and urged him to “stop ly­ing” about the in­ci­dent.

She’s dis­cussed the shoot­ing in sev­eral of­ten emo­tional In­sta­gram videos, call­ing it “su­per scary” and “the worst ex­pe­ri­ence of my life.”

She de­clined to tell po­lice that night that she had been shot, and ini­tial re­ports were only that a woman had foot in­juries con­sis­tent with bro­ken glass. She has said that she was too fright­ened the sit­u­a­tion would have es­ca­lated if she re­vealed to po­lice that there had been gunfire.

Lanez has not spo­ken pub­licly about the in­ci­dent. On Sept. 24, he said on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts that he would break his si­lence that evening, but that an­nounce­ment turned out to be a teaser for the re­lease of his fifth stu­dio al­bum, “Daystar.”

Lanez has not reached the stardom that Me­gan the Stal­lion has, but had a Bill­board top 20 hit with “Luv” in 2016, and has had a suc­cess­ful run of mix­tapes and ma­jor-la­bel records since his ca­reer be­gan in 2009.

At the time of the shoot­ing, Me­gan Thee Stal­lion was al­ready a ma­jor hiphop star fol­low­ing a tri­umphant year that saw her nom­i­nated for artist of the year at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards.

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