Following the release of Straight Outta Compton, the hit N.W.A biopic released last week, a lot of attention has turned to the parts of the group’s story that the film glossed over. Among the omissions were Dr. Dre’s nasty, violent history with women, women like one time hip hop television host Dee Barnes, whom he assaulted in 1991. Barnes published an account of her abuse on Tuesday.
Today Dre has issued an apology.
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life,” he told The New York Times. “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.”