Universal Dr Dre isn’t shying away the multiple allegations that he has physically abused women in the past. After being accused of leaving his violent past out of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, the hitmaker has issued an apology for the women he hurt.
“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,” he says in a statement to The New York Times.
Dre continues, “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.”
Apple, which purchase Dre’s Beats electronics company, also issued a statement on behalf of its executive: “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. 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 statement reads.
Dre pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery, and settled a civil suit out of court, in a 1991 assault on hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes. He also has been accused of abusing are former girlfriend and singer Michel’le and even the late Easy-E’s former artist and singer Tairrie B.
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