Straight Outta Compton’s impressive box office numbers have been lauded all week, but it’s Dr. Dre’s troubling history of abuse against women that’s really made the headlines. Though his blemished past is nothing particularly new, two of his accusers have recently spoken up to recall their violent run-ins with the MC, effectively bringing the conversation back into the forefront.
Michel’le — who has a son with Dre and has alleged that the rapper once attempted to shoot her — spoke with VladTV about being omitted from Straight Outta Compton’s narrative. Meanwhile, journalist Dee Barnes wrote a lengthy Gawker essay about her own frightening 1991 assault, which was also omitted, and condemned the film for highlighting only one side of Dre and the N.W.A. collective. (To be fair, an earlier draft of the script did include a scene depicting the incident.)
In Rolling Stone’s latest cover story, Dre admitted to having made “some fucking horrible mistakes in my life.” Now, however, in the wake of these renewed allegations, he’s taken it one step further by publicly apologizing to all the women he’s hurt. Read his statement below via The New York Times:
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.
I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
Apple, where Dre plays a vital role, has also issued a statement of its own:
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”