With the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton topping the box office, Dr. Dre — founding member of the hip hop group and co-producer of the movie — suddenly found himself at the heart of an unwanted controversy. Critics accused the movie of ignoring the rap group’s record of misogyny as old stories of the billionaire artist and businessman’s history of violence against women resurfaced. Several women — including hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes, R&B singer Michel’le, and Dr. Dre’s former girlfriend and labelmate Tairrie B — shared their horrific stories of physical abuse in the media. Dr. Dre has now finally responded to the allegations with a statement to The New York Times in which 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.” The statement concludes: “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.”
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