In the wake of a storm of criticism, Iggy Azalea has taken the opportunity to clarify her stance after she penned a letter expressing support for Tory Lanez in anticipation of his sentencing for his involvement in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting case.
Tory Lanez, whose birth name is Daystar Peterson, recently appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom for his sentencing hearing, nearly eight months after being convicted of firing shots at Megan Thee Stallion during a heated altercation in July 2020.
Amid the tense atmosphere of the courtroom, packed with well-wishers and supporters, it was revealed that Judge David Herriford had received more than 70 letters in defense of Tory Lanez. Among them was a prominent letter from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
Iggy, who was romantically linked to Lanez last year, appealed to the judge for compassion, urging a sentence that would lead to transformation rather than permanent damage.
The news of Iggy Azalea’s letter was met with mixed reactions, particularly from Megan Thee Stallion’s fans and those who believe Tory Lanez is culpable. Critics pointed to Iggy’s own history of accusations related to cultural appropriation and her tumultuous relationship with ex-boyfriend Playboi Carti. Some expressed confusion over her defense of Lanez.
Facing the mounting backlash, Iggy Azalea took to her social media channels to clarify her intentions. She emphasized that her support for prison reform was the crux of her message, rather than taking sides in the case. She also made it clear that she hadn’t communicated with Tory Lanez for months and was surprised to find her letter being publicly discussed, as she initially intended it solely for the judge’s consideration.
“For the record: 1. I have not been in touch with tory for months, I have no reason to be, but I do wish him well. 2. I don’t ‘support’ anyone. the whole thing is full of oddities. My letter never mentioned anything in regard to what happened that night. 3. I was told this was for a judge only, yet it’s being discussed in public? I never intended to publicly comment. 4. I am not in support of throwing away ANY ones life if we can give reasonable punishments that are rehabilitative instead. I support prison reform. Period. 5. I was asked to write about my genuine experience and the type of punishment I think he deserves: I did. “It’s not really that interesting but I understand why it’s being sensationalized. . . shrug emoji See ya next week to discuss pizza toppings I suppose. Lol.”