Dr. Dre Apologizes to ‘Women I’ve Hurt’ After Physical Abuse Allegations
Dr. Dre has finally addressed the physical abuse allegations that have clouded the success of the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and much of his career. Today (Aug. 21), the veteran producer releases a statement to the New York Times apologizing to the women that he abused in the past.
In the statement, Dre says that he's working to be a better man and to correct the errors of ways. He writes in part:
“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.”
The statement follows behind Denise "Dee" Barnes' scathing commentary in Gawker about the Straight Outta Compton movie. In the piece, the former host of Pump It Up! detailed her confrontation with Dre, who viciously beat her because he was upset with an interview she did with Ice Cube.
She also added the film should have shown Dre’s domestic abuse with two other women: his then-girlfriend Michel’le and artist Tairrie B, whom he allegedly punched twice at a Grammy Awards party in 1990.
“He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator Michel’le,” she writes. “And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality. That’s reality rap.”
Apple, where Dr. Dre works as a consultant, also issued a statement: “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.”
To read Dr. Dre's full statement, head over to the New York Times.
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