Surrounding the release of N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” hip-hop icon Dr. Dre’s past actions toward women have come under fire, with many pointing out that Dre’s alleged instances of violence toward women do not appear in the film.
Dre responded to this criticism with an apologetic statement to the New York Times. “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.”
He added, “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.”
Allegations from hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes, R&B singer Michel’le and hip-hop artist Tairrie B accuse Dre of physically abusing women. In light of the film’s release, the women have been vocal about their past experiences with Dre and their frustration that these events were not included in “Compton.”
Apple also spoke to the Times about Dre’s apology. “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.”