He has since pleaded not guilty to felony assault and firearms charges, but with Megan openly calling Lanez out and sharing her side of the story on social media, he filed a motion in January, seeking permission to respond to the claims, insisting the protective order filed against him, which prohibits the Canadian from publicly commenting on the situation, was “unfair”.
However, the request was slapped down during a hearing at the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles on Thursday.
“We have two high-profile celebrities named as the defendant and the alleged victim in this case,” the judge said, noting “the last thing” anyone wants is for social media remarks to be turned into evidence.
Defence attorney Shawn Holley also raised concerns by alleging one of the witnesses to the shooting has been “intimidated by the complaining witness”, referring to Megan, although she didn’t mention the hip-hop sensation by name.
The judge branded the claim “new issues” and halted further discussion at the hearing, suggesting it should be explored as a separate matter.
After the court date, Holley issued a statement to the New York Post, which read: “We are simply seeking a fair proceeding, which is difficult when (Megan) and her lawyer are able to speak about the evidence in the case, yet we are unable to refute their public statements because of the protective order.”