Dr. Dre Apologetic About Beating Female Journalist: I was out of my f*cking mind.

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Dr. Dre Apologetic About Beating Female Journalist: I was out of my f*cking mind.

Dr. Dre, Dee Barnes


Dr. Dre Apologetic About Beating Woman

During his HBO documentary, ‘The Defiant One’s’, Dr. Dre admits that he physically attacked female journalist, Dee Barnes.

Here’s the backstory: In 1990, Barnes did an interview with Ice Cube, in which the rapper discusses his leaving N.W.A. at the height of their feud. The group, feeling they had been negatively portrayed, sought retaliation. On January 27, 1991 Dr. Dre encountered Barnes at a record release party in Hollywood. According to Rolling Stone reporter Alan Light:

He picked her up by her hair and “began slamming her head and the right side of her body repeatedly against a brick wall near the stairway” as his bodyguard held off the crowd with a gun. After Dre tried to throw her down the stairs and failed, he began kicking her in the ribs and hands. She escaped and ran into the women’s rest room. Dre followed her and “grabbed her from behind by the hair again and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head.”

N.W.A. promoter Doug Young claims that he attempted to intervene to restrain Dre, but that he was punched in the mouth by Dre’s bodyguard. At the time, Dr. Dre explained the incident saying:

People talk all this sh*t, but you know, somebody f*ck with me, I’m gonna f*ck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing—I just threw her through a door.

Barnes sued in February 1991. Barnes filed assault charges and brought a $22.75 million lawsuit against Dr. Dre, who pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to the assault. He was fined $2,500, placed on two years’ probation, and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and produce an anti-violence public service announcement.  The lawsuit was settled out of court.

Fast forward to the present day and in his documentary, Dre says:

Any man who puts his hands on a female is fucking idiot. He’s out of his fucking mind, and I was out of my fucking mind at the time. I fucked up, I paid for it, I’m sorry for it, and I apologize for it. I have this dark cloud that follows me, and it’s going to be attached to me forever. It’s a major blemish on who I am as a man.

Check out The Defiant Ones on HBO.

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  • ShelbyMoore

    Fuck you Drea with your woman beating white woman loving cheating ass.

    • currvalicious

      Say it again & again!! If she were a white woman whom he viciously assaulted (as he violated Dee) he wouldn’t have a career, period. I’m sure he has countless victims out there somewhere. More besides Dee & Michell’e.

      • thagreatestmanalive

        Indeed! If you yell at a white woman it’s a crime.

      • Bri

        There are more. Tairrie B.

        • Just Me!

          …who is White. She spoke out about it, too (and in song). The fact that she was a rapper, thus part of “the industry”, devalued her to them [White men in control/power]. They basically dubbed her a “nigger lover”, so I guess her story didn’t suffice. Glad that, like Dee, she held her own. SO GLAD Michel’le came out AGAIN with her story on such a platform (TV, which led to media interview, then film). THAT is the only reason he has made this statement. And notice he did not even mention her. SMFH.

          Truthfully, I still think it goes back to his White wife and partners, and not wanting to shame them. He might’ve felt remorse all this time, but never admitted such until she and they got such backlash from Michel’le”s story..

          He is 100% correct in his statement, and yes, he will always have dark cloud over/Demons inside of him.

    • Just Me!

      LMAO, I know it was likely a typo… But I lowkey lived for that “Drea” shade. ;)

    • Liah

      Right!!..Fuck Dre!..,Only a bitch ass man beats a woman?!!

  • thagreatestmanalive

    Put your money where your mouth is Dre, and start a safe and secure non profit women’s shelter for abused women in Cali.

    • Just Me!

      FANTASTIC idea. Specifically in Compton, CA would be even better. You should suggest this on his social media!!!

  • Gale Jackson

    I’m wondering why no one called the cops on those two punk ass bitches one beating a women and another one holding off people from intervening by brandishing a gun, real men there huh? They both should have went to jail.