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 movie hit cinemas last Friday (August 14).
Journalist Denise ‘Dee’ Barnes and Dre’s one-time girlfriend Michel’le have long accused the rapper/producer of physical abuse dating back to the 90s, with these claims reemerging in the spotlight recently due to the new film’s release.
Barnes has now written a piece for Gawker in which she claims that Dre “beat me mercilessly” at a record release party.
She says of its omission from the film: “That event isn’t depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don’t think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up, just like I didn’t want to see a depiction of Dre beating up Michel’le, his one-time girlfriend.”
Barnes continued: “But what should have been addressed is that it occurred. When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie’s timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, “Uhhh, what happened?” Like many of the women that knew and worked with NWA, I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history.”
R&B singer Michel’le, meanwhile, has spoken to VladTV about his history with Dre. She said: “Why would Dre put me in it? If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”
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.”
The film was also recently criticised by both Eazy E’s daughter and NWA member MC Ren.
Easy E’s daughter EB Wright has criticised the picture and claimed it does not accurately portray matters regarding her father’s life, stating her intent to produce her own documentary on the late rapper’s life.
MC Ren, meanwhile, criticised the film for its lack of focus on his contributions.
“True fans know my role in the group as far as lyrics are concerned, don’t let the movie fool you about my contribution to the group,” he tweeted.