Dee Barnes Says ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Overlooked Dr. Dre Beating Her & Other Women

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In a personal essay with Gawker, journalist Dee Barnes, has written a personal essay, sharing her story about how in 1991, at a record-release party, she was physically attacked and beaten by Dr. Dre.

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Here’s the summarized backstory. At the time of the incident, Dee was a host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Reportedly, Dre was angry about a segment hosted by Dee that had aired previously. During the party, Dee claimed in several interviews that Dre attempted to throw her down a flight of stairs, slammed her head against a wall, kicked her, and stomped on her fingers. Later, a civil suit against Dre was settled out of court. Fast forward to the present day and Dee watched the film Straight Outta Compton, and shared her thoughts about her experience and more. Read a part of her excerpt below.

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 who recently summed up their relationship this way: “I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up.” 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 N.W.A., I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history.


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  • ShelbyMoore

    Dre beat all the black women that he was with but treat his snow bunny like a queen. Fawk boi.

  • Anonymous

    I do not condone violence of any kind towards anyone and Dre was dead wrong for his behavior back then. But the movie wasn’t about either of their personal lives or story it was collective on them as a group therefore, no time or reason to go into specific incident of their personal lives, if that was the case the movie would have gone on forever as it was long enough but got straight to the point regarding “NWA” as it should have.

    • ATL

      I agree with your comment.The movie was about NWA.The movie was not titled the women of NWA.

  • cij

    Trust me Auntie Karma has her designated time with this guy, no one who’s done other’s wrong is excluded from Auntie Karma’s to do list….#Truth

  • Anonymous

    The movie was about the group and what they went through becoming rappers. Although I understand what she went through and by no means condone abuse, but that had no part in the music and how they came together. He did acknowledge the abuse.

  • India

    The movie was NWA not about the fact that Dre was a woman beater. However, Karma has had her way with him bc Dre lost his son later on in life. So when you do shit to people please remember what goes around comes around. This is not the first I heard of Dre beating a woman. But NWA was good tho