After riding high in the press and social media after the release of the highly regarded N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” and the release of his latest album, “Compton,” legendary hip-hop producer Dr. Dre’s past abuses have come to the forefront. Gawker asked Dee Barnes, a woman journalist Dre had assaulted in the early 90s, to critique the film. It is a fantastic and horrifying read, and gives insight to the world of hip-hop, and members of N.W.A, at the time. It also goes into the hellish abuse she went through at the hands of Dre. An abuse that many have critiqued the film for not mentioning.
Dre, for his part, has alluded to that incident and others before — though often in vague generalities. On Friday, Dre issued a statement to the New York Times about his past behavior and history of assault.
“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,” he wrote to the Times.