During one of HBO’s four-part program The Defiant Ones which was created by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre took the time to address the incident that happened between him and Dee Barnes.
For the second part of the documentary Dre opened up about the type of person he was when the incident took place involving Barnes. He took to express his regret for physically assaulting journalist Dee Barnes at a club in Los Angeles.
“Any man who puts his hands on a female is a f—ing idiot. He’s out of his f—ing mind, and I was out of my f—ing mind at the time. I f—ed up, I paid for it, I’m sorry for it, and I apologize for it,” he said. “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.”
In 1991, Barnes attended a release party for rap duo BWP, where Dr. Dre was in attendance. According to reports, Dre allegedly attacked Barnes over the Pump It Up! package, which resulted in a $22 million lawsuit against the entrepreneur.
When Straight Outta Compton was released Dre issued an apology “to the women I’ve hurt.” Barnes fired back and questioned whether his statement was a “PR move by Universal.”
“The hypocrisy of it all is appalling. This is bigger than me and bigger than hip-hop,” Barnes wrote. “This is about respect and awareness. As a result of speaking on my personal experience with violence, I have been vilified.”
Dr. Dre has yet to address the abuse accusations with singer Michel’le.