Dr. Dre released an official statement apologizing to the women that have spoken about the rapper’s assault past incidents. The recent acknowledgement of Dr. Dre’s past comes up following the release of the film, Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of rap group, N.W.A.
While the former N.W.A member does not go into details, in his statement, he does explain some general background information, as well as issue a formal apology.
“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 said in a statement to the New York Times. “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.”
Three different women recently accused Dre of assault. His former girlfriend ad R&B singer, Michel’le Toussaint, told VLADTV, “I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”
The other two accusers were rapper Tairrie B and hip-hop journalist, “Dee” Barnes, who was assaulted in 1991. Barnes recently came out with a personal essay about her experience in Gawker, titled, “Here’s What’s Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up.”
This is not the first time Dr. Dre has talked about regretting past mistakes. The rapper, who recently released his album, Compton, shared a cover story with Ice Cube, for Rolling Stone.
“I made some f***ing horrible mistakes in my life,” he told Rolling Stone. “I was young, f***ing 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 f***ed up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
Apple Inc., who purchased Beats Electronics from Dre, stood by him after he released his apology.
“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,” the company stated. “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.”
The company made Dr. Dre a top advisor after purchasing his brand.