Dr. Dre Apologizes For Past Abuse, Apple Supports Him

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UPDATED with responses to Dre’s apology from Dee Barnes and Michel’le below.

In a statement published today by the New York Times Dr. Dre acknowledged past incidents of domestic abuse on his part and apologized directly to the women hurt by his actions.

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 apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.

Apple, (the most profitable company in the world) which last year dumped a truckload of money on Dre’s lawn for his Beats headphones and music streaming business and who now employs him as a consultant, also issued a statement of support.

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.

This public apology was no doubt brought on by a renewed interest in the alleged assaults due to the success of the new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton and an essay recently penned by victim Dee Barnes. The Times story also includes quotes from Michel’le and Tairrie B, who have also accused Dre of brutal assaults.

UPDATED: On Monday, August 24th, Dee Barnes responded to Dre’s apology.

I hope he meant it. I hope he represents these words in his life. I hope that after all these years, he really is a changed man.

Dr. Dre has matured, and the women he’s hurt, including myself, have endured. I’m proud to be able to say goodbye to the man who at one point was straight outta fucks to give, as he consistently dismissed and disrespected any mention of his assault history.

Michel’le also responded during a recent interview with BBC Radio 5:

“To just group us like we are nothing and nobody – I just don’t think it’s sincere. Treat us like we have names.”

Previously: Straight Outta Compton Script Originally Included Dee Barnes Scene


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