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Dee Barnes & Michel’le Respond to Dr. Dre’s Public Apology


Universal Last week, Dr. Dre offered a public apology for his violent past with women, which was left out of the #1 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Now, his alleged victim has responded in an essay for Gawker.

Journalist Dee Barnes says she applauds Dre for showing humility, but questions the apology’s timing.  “Brave, Andre. Humility is true self-knowledge,” her essay begins. “I hope he meant it. I hope he represents these words in his life. I hope that after all these years, he really is a changed man.”

After questioning if the apology was prompted by Dre’s corporate dealings with Universal and Apple, Barnes declares, “Is Dre himself really remorseful or just saving face? To me, the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that Dre stepped up and performed his social responsibility by finally taking accountability for his actions. Who cares why he apologized? The point is that he did.”

Dre’s ex-fiancée, Michel’le, isn’t as impressed with Dre’s apology. “I didn’t ask for a public apology, and I think if he is going to apologize, he should do it individually,” she told BBC Radio 5. “To just group us like we are nothing and nobody — I just don’t think it’s sincere. Treat us like we have names. He’s selling a movie. I just think it’s good PR at the moment.”

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