You’ve probably seen Straight Outta Compton by now, if you were ever planning on seeing it. I’ve breifly discussed the fact that in many biopics, the storytellers are not always going to be able to delve into literally every single detail of the artists/group’s personal life. In this case, there were of course certain things about N.W.A., Dre, Cube and E that were left on the cutting-room floor. Dr. Dre’s infamous history of physical abuse towards women being one of them.
Dr. Dre, also known as Andre Young, released a statement today on August 21, through the New York Times that addresses the concerns brought up since the release of the film, namely that he put his hands on a number of women while he was in N.W.A. The name most of you may remember, is Dee Barnes. Though Dr. Dre doesn’t address any specific incidences in his statement, he writes:
“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.”
“I’ve been talking about my abuse for many, many years, but it has not gotten any ears until now,” R&B singer Michel’le told the New York Times, revealing that her relationship with Dr. Dre left her with “black eyes, cracked ribs and scars.” Tairrie B (Theresa Murphy) said that Dre punched her in the face during a Grammy afterparty in 1990, following the recording of a track she did throwing insults at him. There was going to be a scene involving the Barnes assault in the movie, but it was cut out of the script in the early pre-production phase. He was going to have to make a statement about all of this, with the movie coming out.