Dr. Dre is­sues state­ment apol­o­giz­ing to ‘women I’ve hurt’

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Dr. Dre has is­sued a state­ment to the New York Times apol­o­giz­ing to “the women I’ve hurt” with­out specif­i­cally ac­knowl­edg­ing the rea­son for the apol­ogy.

The 50-year-old mu­sic mogul says in com­ments pub­lished Fri­day on the New York Times web­site that he “deeply re­gret(s) what I did and know that it has for­ever im­pacted all of our lives.”

Dre pleaded no con­test to crimi- nal bat­tery charges fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions he vi­o­lently at­tacked jour­nal­ist Dee Barnes in 1991. Barnes pub­lished a story online this week about the as­sault. Other women, in­clud­ing Dre’s for­mer girl­friend Michel’le, have also claimed he was vi­o­lent to­ward them.

At­ten­tion on the decades­old charges resur­faced af­ter last week’s re­lease of the hit biopic “Straight Outta Comp­ton,” which omits men­tion of the Barnes in­ci­dent or any al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­lence against Dre. The film, which tells the ori­gin story of the rap group N.W.A, topped the box of­fice dur- ing its open­ing week and is ex­pected to be No. 1 again this week­end.

Asked why the film doesn’t in­clude the Barnes in­ci­dent, di­rec­tor F. Gary Gray said, “You can make five N.W.A movies with all the in­for­ma­tion that is out there... We couldn’t get ev­ery­thing in.”

Dre said in his state­ment that 25 years ago, he 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.”

Ap­ple — which be­came as­so­ci­ated with Dre last year when it bought the mu­sic com­pany he helped es­tab­lish, Beats, for US$3 bil­lion — is­sued a com­pan­ion state­ment Fri­day.

“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 state­ment said. “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.”

AP

In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Dre at­tends the WSJ. Mag­a­zine 2014 In­no­va­tor Awards at MoMA in New York.

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