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.


Authored by: Kellie Williams