Dr. Dre Apologizes For Past Abuse, Apple Supports Him

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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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.

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Straight Outta Compton Script Originally Included Dee Barnes Scene

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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The Los Angeles Times today reports on a scene portraying Dr. Dre’s 1991 assault on music journalist and Pump It Up host Dee Barnes that was cut from an early draft of screenwriter Jonathan Herman’s script for Straight Outta Compton.

In the scene, the fictional Dre, “eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt” (per noted from the script) spots Barnes at the party and approaches her.

“Saw that [expletive] you did with Cube. Really had you under his spell, huh? Ate up everything he said. Let him diss us. Sell us out.”

“I just let him tell his story,” Barnes’ character retorts, “That’s what I do. It’s my job.”

“I thought we were cool, you and me,” Dre fires back. “But you don’t give a [expletive]. You just wanna laugh at N.W.A, make us all look like fools.”

The conversation escalates, Barnes throws her drink in Dre’s face before he attacks her “flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”

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