As more information comes out from the women he loved, abused, and left, Dr. Dre finally opens up about his past.
Michel’le, Tairrie B, and Dee Barnes all have one man in common, Dr. Dre. They all also share painful memories of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the legendary rapper, a fact that all three have recently spoken about in light of the movie "Compton" rewriting history. These accusations have been heard before, but never so loud as now, and never with such ferocity. Barnes wrote an essay for Gawker detailing her story and Michel’le and Tairrie B both spoke with the New York Times, but until now Dre has remained silent on the matter.
In a statement to the Times Dre finally addressed the longstanding rumors and offered an apology to the women from his past:
"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, where Dre is now a top consultant after merging his headphones empire with the tech giant, also released a statement in advance of any possible backlash:
"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."
While it may serve as comfort for some to hear Dre finally apologize for his past actions, it still doesn't answer any questions. At no time did he directly apologize to any specific woman, nor did he elaborate on what exactly it was that he was apologizing for. He broadly apologizes to the "women he hurt" which could be taken a multitude of different ways. How can you one truly take full responsibility for their actions, if they can't own up to what those actions were?
If these women had not spoken out yet again on these matters and if they had not been made so public in correlation with the movie, would Dre have even acknowledged them? Or is this just another example of a celebrity offering a forced excuse for their horrendous actions so they can get everyone off their back?
You smell that? Smells like shit to me.