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Megan Thee Stallion Addresses The Fake Report That She Dropped Her Case Against Tory Lanez

While social media has been a tremendous tool for deseminating news and learning about the world, its dark side occasionally rears its head, exposing how easily false reports can spread when users want to believe them. Usually, it’s harmless; a blog or fan account speculates that an artist is releasing an album and the speculation quickly gets spread as fact, causing artists no small amount of aggravation as they try to squelch untrue rumors.

Sometimes, though, this tendency can be used for malicious or harmful effects. Today, when a hip-hop fan account posited that a lack of active documents in the LA Superior Court website meant Megan Thee Stallion had “dropped her case” against Tory Lanez (which was really the State’s case, which it could pursue whether she pressed charges or not), the “report” was shared widely by Tory fans seeking vindication for their hero and villifying Megan as a liar.

However, there’s just one problem: The report isn’t true and appears to be based in a lack of understand of basic tenets of journalism (as well as lack of experience with court websites, which can often take days to update). As the saying goes though, “A lie gets halfway around the world before truth puts on its boots.” Both parties eventually felt compelled to respond to the rumor, with a rep for Lanez reaching out through New York Times music reporter Joe Coscarelli, who conveyed the message via Twitter.

“The blog that posted this info is wrong,” he reported. ” I assume the docket hasn’t been updated … The next hearing date is in mid-February.”

Meanwhile, Megan, who was again excoriated by misogynistic Tory Lanez fans, vented more emphatically. “AT THIS POINT IM GETTING ANNOYED!” she wrote. “STOP BELIEVING EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE MF INTERNET. Imagine how I feel waking every day seeing people LIE and turn my trauma into a joke? That whole team figures out ways to create doubt with my story every week and the media eats it up.”

She also pointed out the frustrating double standards that continue to be applied to her situation. “How tf I get shot now I’m the worlds biggest mf villain!?” she wondered. “Y’all so believe black women and protect black women online BUT WHEN I LITERALLY SAY I GOT SHOT ITS CONFUSING.”

Hopefully, the end of the trial — whenever that is — will bring some semblance of closure to this saga. And hopefully, everyone has learned a lesson about which sources are trustworthy, and which aren’t worth paying any attention to at all.

Megan Thee Stallion is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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