The release of Straight Outta Compton has brought an onslaught of negative press for Dr. Dre. After both journalist Dee Barnes and Dre’s long-time ex-girlfriend spoke publicly about the physical abuse they suffered at the hands of the Compton legend, Dre took to an interview with the New York Times in order to apologize for his offenses.
This isn’t the first time Dre has addressed his past in the press. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, he admitted that he made some pretty terrible mistakes.
“I made some f*cking horrible mistakes in my life,” says Dre. “I was young, f*cking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f*cked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
Dre echoed that sentiment in his New York Times interview:
“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.”
Excluding the Dee Barnes incident from the film has resulted in a media storm for the production. But, according to director F. Gary Gray, the assault was originally included in the film but was cut due to sequencing and time.