|Healing Old Wounds (Public Domain)|
With old wounds reopening upon the release of biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Dr. Dre has some heavy-duty explaining to do.
Women whom Dre had allegedly abused years ago have now come forward to tell their stories. Michel’le, an R&B singer who had been Dre’s girlfriend, claims that the physical abuse he inflicted upon her included “black eyes, a cracked rib and scars.” Tairrie B (Dre’s “onetime labelmate”) accuses Dre of “punching her twice in the face” in 1990.
Dr. Dre, who has formerly acted dismissively about such charges, is now coming forth with some apologies. While not addressing “each allegation individually,” Dre recently stated: I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man [his past self] again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.
Joe Coscarelli of The New York Times suggests that Dre has mixed motives for this apology. Nevertheless, it’s a step, and perhaps even a leap of faith.
Copyright August 27, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved