Dr. Dre has finally apologized to the women that he domestically abused in the past.
Issuing a statement to The New York Times on Friday, the N.W.A producer 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.”
He continued, “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.”
With Straight Outta Compton now in theaters, critics of the biopic have blasted Dre for not showing the abuse he’s inflicted on the women in his past. These women include R&B singer Michel’le, who is the mother of one of his sons, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes, and onetime label-mate Tairrie B.
The brave ladies have spoken up about their abuse, with Michel’le crediting social media for giving her the courage. “I’ve been talking about my abuse for many, many years, but it has not gotten any ears until now,” she admitted.
On Tuesday, Gawker published an essay written by Dee where she addressed her abuse and its omission from the N.W.A biopic. “I suffer from horrific migraines that started only after the attack,” she wrote. “My head does ring and it hurts, exactly in the same spot every time where he smashed my head against the wall.” She said that the film “wasn’t reality and it wasn’t gangster. Gangster would have been to show everything.”
Apple, where Dre is now a top consultant, issued a statement as well:
“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.”
We’ve definitely been waiting for Dre to finally say something about his past. It’s about time–his apology is long overdue.