Dr. Dre: 'I Apologize To The Women I've Hurt'
In light of his past acts of violence against women resurfacing, rapper and music mogul Dr. Dre has issued an apology to "the women I've hurt.""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 said in a statement to the New York Times on Friday. "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," he added.
These women include journalist Dee Barnes, who Dre attacked in a nightclub in 1991 after a report she made on his group N.W.A angered the rapper. The incident was cut from an early draft of the script of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton and Barnes wrote in Gawker that she continues to suffer from migraines after the attack.
Also missing from Straight Outta Compton, as critics have pointed out, is Dre's abusive relationship with the R&B singer Michel'le, who the Washington Post called "instrumental" to Dre's success, and the time he attacked former labelmate Tairrie B for recording a diss track against N.W.A. "He hit me like Tyson, but I took it — I don't know how," she told the magazine Record Mirror after the attack. Tairrie B told the New York Times that Eazy-E and his manager Jerry Heller both pressured her into not pressing charges.
"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," tech giant Apple said in a statement. "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." Dre now works at Apple as a consultant and last year sold his headphones company Beats By Dre to them for $3 billion.