As Universal Pictures gears up for the release of the highly-anticipated NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, some critics have accused the film of glossing over the group’s rampant misogyny. While NWA certainly changed the rap game, their treatment of women left much to be desired. One major incident that didn’t make it into the film? Dr. Dre’s vicious assault on journalist Dee Barnes.
Last year, hip hop blogger Byron Crawford listed three women Dr. Dre assaulted over the years in the damning piece, “Beatings By Dre.” Among Dre’s victims were his ex-wife Michel’le, who admitted the legendary producer beat her so badly she had to have plastic surgery.
Dre has stayed mum over the years about the allegations, save for a 1991 Rolling Stone interview in which he bragged about beating up Barnes.
“People talk all this shit, but you know, somebody fucks with me, I’m gonna fuck with them,” Dre said back them. “I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing—I just threw her through a door.”
Now it looks like the mogul is breaking his silence. In a new cover story for Rolling Stone, Dr. Dre admits he made a lot of mistakes when he was younger, including beating up on women.
“I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life,” Dre explains. “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.”
For his wife’s sake–and the women around him–I hope he’s right.