After receiving an abundance of flak, Dr Dre. gave a statement on Friday telling The New York Times that he “deeply regrets what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.” He apologized for the women he’s hurt, following music journalist Dee Barnes’ comments on the NWA bioflick not featuring her assault by 50 year old the hip-hop icon, which recently sparked controversy online.
In the statement, Dre explained that he was “a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life.”, making sure to note that he in no way believes this to be an excuse for his actions. He goes on to say “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.”
Despite the attack taking place nearly 24 years ago, a discussion was rekindled after Barnes was interviewed in Gawker expressing her disappointment with the absence of the conflict’s acknowledgement in the film. Straight Outta Compton was later revealed to have initially featured the assault, but it was removed from the script before it was finalized. With the rapid success of the NWA origin story, topping the box office during opening week and projected to stay at No. 1 the coming weekend, people like Barnes were upset that the movie didn’t seem to depict the hip-hop group in an authentic light.
On the flip-side however, Michel’le, Dre’s girlfriend at the time of NWA’s rise to fame who was also a victim of his abuse, told VladTV that despite him treating her this way for the six years they were together, she didn’t mind her omission from the film.
“Why would Dre put me in it? If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.” she said.
She also recounted the first time she received a black eye from him, expressing how afterwards “we laid in the bed and cried. He was crying and I was crying because I was in shock, hurt and in pain. I don’t know why he was crying, but he said ‘I’m really sorry.’ That was the only time he ever said he was really sorry. And he said, ‘I’ll never hit you in that eye again, okay?'”
Unsurprisingly, Apple – who now owns Dre’s music company Beats – also issued a statement alongside the artist:
“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.”
People have already began raising eyebrows saying that is a blatant attempt to cover himself to protect his image from hurting his Beats empire or further sales of his recordings, as he just released Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre and is a prominent producer in the hip-hop scene Regardless, at least he’s finally apologizing for what he did.