Rapper and music producer Dr. Dre has apologized for his alleged past record of misogyny and abuse toward women, a controversy that resurfaced in light of the hype surrounding the release of Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the 1980s Los Angeles rap group N.W.A.
"I apologize to the women I've hurt," Dre, née Andre Young, told the New York Times in a statement. "I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."
"Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life," the statement said. "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."
The New York Times reported the apology three days after Gawker published a piece by Dee Barnes who, in 1991, was brutally beaten by Dre at a record release party in Los Angeles. The encounter didn't appear in the film.
"That event isn't depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don't think it should have been, either," Barnes wrote. "The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn't want to see a depiction of me getting beat up, just like I didn't want to see a depiction of Dre beating up Michel'le, his one-time girlfriend who recently summed up their relationship this way: 'I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up.'"