Straight Outta Compton: Where Are the Women Dr Dre ‘Assaulted’?
Radhika Sanghani, Telegraph, August 19, 2015
Straight Outta Compton is a film that tells the complex story of 90s hip-hop gang N. W. A.–before members like Dr Dre and Ice Cube left for solo careers.
But there’s one detail it leaves out: Dre’s violent past.
In 1991 he was accused of assaulting TV host Dee Barnes, who stated Dre “began slamming her face and the right side of her body repeatedly against a wall near the stairway” at a Grammys party.
At the time he pleaded no contest to the assault charges, and her civil suit against him was settled out of court.
But Barnes has just spoken out after watching the biopic, asking why it had no reference to the attack.
In an article for Gawker, she said: “I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up . . . But what should have been addressed is that it occurred.
“When I was sitting there in the theatre, 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.”
Barnes said another woman whose story is missing from the biopic is Michel’le–Dre’s former fiancée and mother of his child.
Michel’le has recently accused him of physically abusing her back in the 90s, and even ‘shooting at’ her during an argument, but hasn’t taken legal action.
“He shot at me . . . I left the bullet in the hole and it went out–it was in the door and then it went through the side of the wall in the bathroom,” she told Vlad TV.
“But he never tried to shoot me anymore. Thank God. But the beatings were–it was a lot . . . His last wife, I just couldn’t do it anymore. It’s too much.
“I had already waited out the babies, the baby mamas, the hookers, the hos. I was growing up and I was just going ‘There’s gotta be something better.’”
Dre has admitted that some of these allegations are true. He recently told Rolling Stone magazine: “I made some f****** horrible mistakes in my life.
“I was young, f****** stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true–some of them are.
“Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f***** up.
“But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
Yet Barnes said there isn’t even a hint of these ‘mistakes’ in the film–nor are there many women at all:
“With the exception of short scenes with mother figures and wives, the rest of the women in the film were naked in a hotel room or dancing in the background at the wild pool parties.
“Yo Yo, a female rapper who worked with Ice Cube after he left N.W.A., was nowhere to be found. Nor are women who worked with Dre later in his career, like Jewell and the Lady of Rage.”
She added: “It’s easy for them to be dismissive of women, because they don’t respect most women.”