Female journalist assaulted by Dr Dre: ‘Who cares why he apologised? The point is that he did’

Dre allegedly attacked Dee Barnes at a record release party in 1991

Dee Barnes, the female journalist allegedly assaulted by Dr Dre in 1991, has accepted the star’s recent public apology for his past history of violence towards women.

Barnes is reported to have been attacked by the rapper/producer at a record release party in Hollywood during January 1991 with Dre upset over a previous interview in which his group NWA were negatively portrayed.

Accusations of domestic abuse and violence towards women have dogged Dre for years, recently back in the limelight following the release of NWA film, Straight Outta Compton.

Dr Dre finally apologised to his alleged victims in a statement to The New York Times. He said: “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.”

While his former girlfriend Michel’le has rejected the apology as “insincere”, Barnes has stated: “Who cares why he apologised? The point is that he did”.

Barnes wrote in an article for Gawker: “I understand people’s apprehension. The stakes are high now and money talks, loud. Is this is a PR move by Universal, which released Straight Outta Compton? After all, the film just crossed the $100 million mark its second weekend in theatres. Is it damage control by Apple, which can no longer ignore that if you take the ‘Beats by Dre’ logo and remove the ‘S’, you get a double entendre describing several women he just apologised to? Is Dre himself really remorseful or just saving face?”

She continued: “To me, the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that Dre stepped up and performed his social responsibility by finally taking accountability for his actions. Who cares why he apologised? The point is that he did.”


It follows comments by R&B singer Michel’le, who told BBC Radio 5 Live that she regards the apology as a publicity stunt.

“I don’t really think it’s a sincere apology. I didn’t ask for a public apology and I think if he is going to apologise he should do it individually. To just group us like we are nothing and nobody – I just don’t think it’s sincere, treat us like we have names,” Michel’le said.

She added: “He’s selling a movie. I just think it’s good PR at the moment.”

In his statement to The New York Times, Dre said: “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.”

Straight Outta Compton has been criticised for ignoring these incidents of alleged domestic abuse, though it’s been recently revealed that an early draft of the screenplay included Dre attacking Barnes.

Previously, the film’s director F Gary Gray explained the omissions: “There are so many things that you can add or subtract. Cube always said, ‘You can make five different NWA movies.’ We made the one we wanted to make.”