Because of the release of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre’s history of beating up women made its way out from under the rug and people started talking about it again. Dee Barnes, a hip-hop journalist, wrote a piece for Gawker about how Dr. Dre beat her up at a party in 1991 because he didn’t like a piece about N.W.A. that aired on Pump It Up!, a show she hosted at the time. Dee Barnes also says that Dre got her blacklisted from the industry. Dre was charged with beating Dee and pleaded “no contest.” He got 24 months of probation and 240 hours of community service. The scene was included in one of Straight Outta Compton’s earlier drafts, but it was eventually cut out. Singer Michel’e, the mother of Dr. Dre’s son, has also spoken out about how he fucked-up her ribs and sent her to the hospital at least once.
In the past, Dr. Dre brushed off the allegations. But now that he’s a billionaire and a consultant at Apple, he’s probably thinking to himself, “Oh shit, I better have my PR team put something out before this really fucks with my business and movie.”
Dr. Dre gave a statement to The New York Times today where he apologized to the women and blamed booze and youth:
“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 also released a statement for some reason:
“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.”
I guess Apple is Dr. Dre’s mom now. It’s like they knocked on all of our doors and as Dr. Dre stood behind them with his head held down, they told us, “Dre is totally changed and don’t worry, we already punished him by putting him on restriction for like two weeks and we only let him use the car to drive to school and back. Tell ’em your sorry, Dre!”