Let’s address those Beats, Dr. Dre.
The record producer and rap artist released an official apology to the women who have criticized Straight Outta Compton, the biopic detailing the career of his hip-hop group N.W.A., for skimping on the allegations and criminal charges of physical abuse towards women.
In lieu of individual apologies, Dr. Dre issued this blanket 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. 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.”
Apple also spoke out to address the controversy surrounding one of their top consultants.
“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.”
The three women claiming allegations against Dr. Dre also spoke one-on-one with the Times to share their experiences, one describing an instance of “black eyes, a cracked rib and scars” after the rapper assaulted her with a closed fist. The victims became connected over social media, bonding in solidarity before coming forward with their stories.
Dr. Dre’s former girlfriend Michel’le, an R&B singer, noted, “Opening up and finding out there were other women like me gave me the power to speak up.”