Dr. Dre has issued an apology in response to the growing controversy over his hit film “Straight Outta Compton.”
While the N.W.A. biopic has been a box office success, it has also received backlash for failing to acknowledge Dre’s history of violence against women.
The growing outcry over the film’s omission of the alleged incidents led the 50-year-old rapper to address the uproar.
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life,” he said Friday in a statement to the New York Times.
“However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”
“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt,” he added. “I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
The allegations against the 50-year-old rapper have been brought to the forefront because of the success of the biopic, which Dre executive produced.
Since the movie’s release, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes and Dre’s ex-fiancée Michel’le have decried how “Compton” omits Dre’s violent acts against them and other women, with Barnes slamming the film in a Gawker essay as “revisionist history.”
The backlash gained momentum after it was reported that Barnes’ assault was cut out of the original script.
The outcry over “Compton” even compelled Apple, where Dre works as a consultant after selling Beats Entertainment to the tech company, to also issue a statement to the Times.
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago.
“We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”