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Dee Barnes on Dr. Dre Attack: That Event Isn’t Depicted in ‘Straight Outta Compton’


UniversalThere seems to be missing elements in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, including the story of Dr. Dre’s 1991 physical altercation with TV host Dee Barnes.  The Los Angeles Times reported that Dre pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery at the time.  He also settled a civil suit brought by Barnes, and the hitmaker recently told Rolling Stone he’d made “horrible mistakes” in his his life.  Still, Barnes isn’t letting him off the hook.

The former hip-hop journalist details for Gawker the night during which she says she was “mercilessly” attacked her on the floor of the women’s restroom at the Po Na Na Souk nightclub. “That event isn’t depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don’t think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience,” she says.

Barnes questions why the film did not mention Dre’s former girlfriend, singer Michel’le, who has accused Dre of abuse. In Rolling Stone Dre said of the allegations, “I would say all the allegations aren’t true — some of them are.”

“Michel’le and Dr. Dre developed a personal and professional association and he went on to produce her two best-known hits, ‘No More Lies’ and ‘Something in My Heart.’ Both songs reflected their volatile relationship,” Barnes adds.

Barnes claims that she’s been blacklisted from the industry ever since the incident. “People have accused me of holding onto the past; I’m not holding onto the past. I have a souvenir that I never wanted. The past holds onto me,” she says, adding that she didn’t get rich from a settlement in a civil suit she filed against Dre.  “There’s a myth that I was paid so well by the settlement I received from Dre that I’d never have to work again. People think I was paid millions, when in reality, I didn’t even get a million, and it wasn’t until September of 1993.”

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