‘I Was Out Of My F***ing Mind’: Dr. Dre Finally Admits To Abusing Journalist
For years, Dr. Dre has been accused of domestic violence. When his ex-girlfriend Michel’le’s biopic Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le was released, the former Death Row Records rapper/producer adamantly denied all of the domestic violence accusations that were presented in the film. In fact, Dr. Dre even threatened to file a defamation lawsuit over the film. But now Dre is singing a different tune. According to The Jasmine Brand, he’s finally speaking out about domestic violence and he’s admitting that he definitely had a serious problem.
Telling the Truth:
On the rapper’s new HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones, he opted to discuss what really happened between him and journalist DeeDee Barnes. He admitted he was out of his mind when he assaulted her. The “I Need A Doctor” rapper also went a step further, slamming men who abuse women. Although Dre has worked to become a better man over the years, he admits that his actions still follow him to this day. “Any man who puts his hands on a female is f**king idiot. He’s out of his f**king mind, and I was out of my f**king mind at the time. I f**ked 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.”
— Sista Dee Barnes✊🏾 (@sistadbarnes) July 11, 2017
It all started with an interview Barnes did with Ice Cube shortly after he parted ways with N.W.A. Apparently, the group didn’t like the way they were portrayed during the interview, so they decided to retaliate. When Dre and Barnes crossed paths, that’s exactly what he did. On January 27, 1991, Dre saw Barnes at an album release party and things went downhill from there. The entire incident was reportedly witnessned by Rolling Stone reporter Alan Light. Although the group’s promoter, Doug Young, made an attempts to intervene, that didn’t stop Dre’s attack on Barnes.
“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 restroom. Dre followed her and “grabbed her from behind by the hair again and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head.”
Dre admitted in the documentary that he was a totally different man 25 years ago. “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life…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.”
In Feb. of 1991, Barnes filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre. The rapper pleaded nolo contendere in reference to the allegations. The matter was settled out of court but Dre was also hit with a $2,500 fine and placed on two years’ probation. He was also ordered to do 240 hours of community service and use his public platform to create an anti-violence public service announcement.
But did Dre assault Michel’le also? Unfortunately, the rapper didn’t address those allegations.