Dr Dre’s alleged assault on female journalist removed from original NWA film screenplay

'Straight Outta Compton' film was previously criticised for 'revising history'

Reports claim that Dr Dre‘s alleged past history of violence towards women was originally documented in the initial screenplay for new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

Straight Outta Compton, named after the hip-hop group’s classic album of the same name, follows the rise of the outfit, touching upon their brushes with the local police and ultimate success in the music industry.

The film was recently criticised for “revising history” and “ignoring” incidents in Dre’s past. Journalist Denise ‘Dee’ Barnes and Dre’s one-time girlfriend Michel’le have long accused the rapper/producer of physical abuse, with these claims reemerging in the spotlight recently due to the new film’s release.

Now, the Los Angeles Times reports that an early draft of the screenplay included the incident with Dee Barnes, which is said to have taken place at an album launch event.

The LA Times article reads that Dre is described as “flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”

Previously, the film’s director F Gary Gray explained of possible omissions from the film: “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.”


Dr Dre recently addressed the claims of violence towards women. “I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life,” said Dre.

“I was young, fucking 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 fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”