With old physical abuse allegations resurfacing around the release of Straight Outta Compton (and why they weren’t covered in the movie), the Doc addressed them head on in a new statement today to the New York Times.
“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. 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 issued a statement too:
“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.”
This is a good, and assuredly genuine move from Dre, instead of ducking it or passive aggressively mentioning it. The stories from the women involved, namely Dee Barnes, were tough to read. Will we move on or continue to hold this over Dre’s head? I honestly can see both scenarios.