The release of the film ‘Straight Outta Compton’ has fuelled more discussion of the past behaviour of NWA co-founder (and now Apple exec) Dr Dre – specifically allegations of physical abuse against several women. Artist and former partner Michel’le, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes and artist Tairrie Murphy have recounted their allegations, and over the weekend not just Dr Dre, but Apple responded publicly.
“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,” Dre told the New York Times. 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 apologise to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.” Meanwhile, Apple’s statement read: “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.”