It looks like Dee Barnes’ eye-opening essay about the 1991 beating she suffered at the hands of Dr. Dre, and the media’s attention on Straight Outta Compton’s erasure of N.W.A.’s rampant misogyny, finally prompted the music mogul to apologize for his actions.
Though he didn’t address any particular incident, Dre issued a written mea culpa to his victims via 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.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.
Despite his contrite tone, Dre hasn’t reached out to Barnes.
@BritniDWrites SISTER you guessed it…You was right!
— Dee Barnes (@sistadbarnes) August 21, 2015
Last year, hip-hop blogger Byron Crawford wrote a scorching essay called “Beatings By Dre,” in which he detailed Dre’s assault of three women–Barnes, Ruthless Records rapper Tairrie B, and Dre’s ex-girlfriend and collaborator Michel’le.
Dre vaguely addressed the Barnes assault during a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life. 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.
Now, it appears mounting public pressure that threatens to negatively affect his business dealings have forced him to finally apologize for his actions.