One of Dr Dre‘s former girlfriends has labelled his recent public apology for domestic abuse and violence towards women as “insincere”.
The rapper/producer has long been accused of past abuse, with accusations being back in the limelight following the release of recent NWA film, Straight Outta Compton.
Dre said in a statement, “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.” However, R&B singer Michel’le has 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.”
The singer also described how violence was so ingrained in her life that she thought it was normal.
“I thought he cared about me. I didn’t know any better. I just really thought that was what men do, I thought it was a form of love,” she continued.
“When I was a little kid we got whipped. It was nothing new to me, I was used to it. I was co-dependent on him – he was my world. So you don’t just pack up and go.”
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 female music journalist Dee 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.”