Tory Lanez is being investigated by the LAPD following allegations of assault at August Alsina

Tory Lanez is being investigated by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office following allegations that the rapper assaulted the singer August Alsina after a concert in Chicago this weekend, Billboard has confirmed.

On Sunday, Alsina posted a picture of himself to Instagram, where he can be seen standing in an elevator with blood coming from his mouth. In the caption, Alsina claims Lanez physically assaulted him after he refused to shake hands after a Saturday night show.

“We are aware of the allegations that the defendant assaulted artist August Alsina and are investigating those allegations,” the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to Billboard. “The allegations are serious and will be thoroughly investigated.”

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, is currently out on bail after being charged with the shooting Megan Thee stallion during an altercation that took place after a pool party in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020. The rapper also faces a gun possession charge in connection with the incident.

ONE video published on Twitter on Monday, purporting to document the lead-up and aftermath of the alleged assault, appears to show Alsina rejecting a handshake from Lanez backstage. In the latter half of the video, Lanez appears to be celebrating as an off-camera man can be heard saying that Lanez “knocked him out.”

That’s according to the Chicago Police Department Billboard they received a report of a “30-ye[a]r-old man” is “punched in the face by a 30-year-old man after leaving a building in the 2300 block of S. Lake Shore Drive” on Saturday at approximately 11:30 p.m. They would not confirm the identities of two men, citing Chicago PD policy. The location cited in the report is apparently the Arie Crown Theater, where both Lanez and Alsina were billed to perform at comedian Rip Michaels’ Fall Back in Love Comedy & Music Jam on Saturday.Detectives are currently investigating the case.

An attorney for Lanez did not immediately return calls Billboard‘s request for comment, though Lanez himself denied attacking Alsina during an interview with the podcaster Akademikerne on Sunday. “Nothing happened. I don’t even know what this boy talkin’ about bro,” the rapper said in a clip posted to YouTube. After being asked again if he was involved, Lanez continued: “No, hell no! I don’t know if he does [this for] promo. I don’t know what the n—- is talking about, bruh.”

This isn’t the first time Lanez has been in legal hot water since he was hit with charges in July 2020. In August 2021, the rapper’s bail increased from $190,000 to $250,000 after he made a surprise appearance at the Rolling Loud Miami Festival on July 25, just moments after Stallion left the stage—in effect, violating a protective order requiring him to stay at least 100 yards away from “Savage”— the hitmaker. Last April, a judge raised his bail again to $350,000 after some of the rapper’s social media posts were found to have violated court orders ordering him to avoid any contact with Stallion.

Lanez is currently awaiting trial in the case. If convicted, he faces more than 22 years in prison.


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