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Dr. Dre Says He'll Sue If He's Portrayed Beating His Ex In Upcoming TV Movie
Dr. Dre is threatening to sue Sony Pictures if the upcoming TV movie about his life portrays his abuse of his ex-girlfriend Michel'le, TMZ reports.According to TMZ, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le, which is set to air on Lifetime next week, includes some extremely violent scenes in which Dre, played by actor Curtis Hamilton, is shown beating his ex-girlfriend Michel'le. HipHopDX saw an early screening of the film, and wrote that
The scenes are shocking and brutal; Dre goes through rage-filled drunken stupors where he attacks his fiancée with closed fists, pulls a gun on her and even tries to sleep with her right after he got married to his current wife, Nicole.
TMZ reports that Dre's legal team has issued a cease and desist letter, in which "Dre flatly denies ever abusing Michel'le. It makes reference to the fact that they dated around 30 years ago and she never hinted at abuse or any type of violent behavior on his part. They also say she never sought medical treatment or filed a police report."
However, last year, when N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was released to wide acclaim, Michel'le spoke out about her lack of presence in the film, and Dre's abuse during the time the film was set. "Why would Dre put me in it?" she said on Power 105.1 FM's "The Breakfast Club." "I mean if they started from where they started from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up."
She also said that Dre had broken her nose, and that he punched with a closed fist. "I had five black eyes, I had a cracked rib, I have scars that are just amazing."
Dre himself has basically admitted his previous abuse (he's also pled no contest to battery when he violently assaulted journalist Dee Barnes) to Rolling Stone year:
"I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life," says Dre. "I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren't true - some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again."
This week, in response to Dre's statement in which he denied the abuse and questioned her credibility, Michel'le told the Huffington Post:
If he would like to take me to court and sue me, then we should both do our depositions so we can get the story right, And I have witnesses, so I don’t think people are gonna get up there and say, "No we didn’t see anything.'