Dr. Dre's Ex Slams 'Straight Outta Compton' For Ignoring Domestic Abuse, Rejects His Apology
Straight Outta Compton, which chronicles the rise of rap group N.W.A., is blowing up the box office - but it leaves one storyline out.
Michel'le, an R&B singer known for her high-pitched voice, told INSIDE EDITION that Dr. Dre, whose rise is depicted in the film, was violent towards her when they were in a relationship. She was engaged to him in 1989 and they have a son together.
“I have cracked ribs, I have a scar on my throat,” she said.
The 44-year-old said the film ignores her abusive relationship with the music mogul, who is worth a worth an estimated $700 million. She never went to the police with her accusations.
“I didn't want to see him go to jail or anything, I didn't want to hurt him,” she explained.
Michel'le is not the only woman who says Dr. Dre assaulted her.
She says that in 1991, "Dr. Dre straddled me and beat me mercilessly on the floor of the women's restroom... He smashed my head against the wall... I suffer from horrific migraines that started only after the attack."
Dre pleaded no contest to assault charges.
He is now apologizing to all the women he's "hurt".
In a statement to the New York Times he said: “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."
But Michel'le says she's not satisfied.
“If you wanna be sincere, just call me. You didn't have to do it publicly. Why are you waiting this long to apologize?” she said.
Tairrie B., a musician and one of the women who Dre allegedly assaulted, issued this response to INSIDE EDITION following the producer and rapper’s statement to the New York Times.
“Now that I have had time to fully process Dr Dre’s apology in the NY Times, I don’t know what to believe. With age comes wisdom and hopefully he is now a changed man but the fact that Dre has spent his career being so dismissive of his brutal assaults on 3 female artists in the music industry and is only now addressing it because he is being forced to, does not feel genuine.
"I think it would have made a greater impact, had he mentioned the women he attacked by name, especially Dee Barnes. It took a lot of courage for her to tell her story and relive the events in such horrific detail 25 years later. I applaud and support her for this, as do many.
"If the public had not been so vocal with their outrage in questioning why these assaults were not referenced in Straight Outta Compton, this part of the NWA related story would have continued to remain in the dark when there is a direct correlation.
"Had Dre been brave enough to confront his violent behavior towards women on screen, rather than ignore it, this recent apology would have felt more like a sincere act of regret, rather than a carefully scripted press release."
But Barnes returned to Gawker and accepted his apology.
She said: “To me, the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that Dre stepped up and performed his social responsibility by finally taking accountability for his actions. Who cares why he apologized? The point is that he did."
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