The release of Straight Outta Compton last week has trudged up some darker elements of Dr. Dre’s past, and spurred an onslaught of criticism around director F. Gary Gray’s decision to leave out the parts where the rapper and producer beat up journalist Dee Barnes and other women.
On Friday, Dre issued an exclusive statement to The New York Times, apologizing to the women he abused.
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life,” Dre writes. “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…
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