During Monday’s episode of HBO’s The Defiant Ones, the words “I’m sorry” actually fell from the mouth of Dr. Dre regarding his 1991 attack on Dee Barnes.

In Part Two of director Allen Hughes‘ four-part documentary on the careers of Dre and industry veteran Jimmy Iovine, Barnes detailed the events leading up to her assault and its lasting effect. Dre, in a separate interview, expressed regret over the violent incident.

“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.”

Dre’s ire toward Barnes was rooted in an episode of her hip hop TV series Pump It Up! She was on the set of John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood preparing to interview rapper Yo Yo when Ice Cube (who starred in the film and had just left N.W.A.) interrupted their on-camera Q&A to dis his former group.

Prior to this event, Barnes had interviewed N.W.A, also for Pump It Up! Once both segments were in the can, producer Jeff Shore told Barnes he would edit the two interviews together for an episode, which Barnes never realized would cause trouble.

“I was 22 at the time. I’m not Oprah,” she said in the doc. “I didn’t know there was still more internal struggles in the group. Not even after Cube left.”

In January 1991, Dre spotted Barnes at a release party for rap duo BWP. Still smoldering over N.W.A.’s “Pump It Up!” episode, he assaulted her, according to police reports. “When I say he snatched me up, my feet were off the ground,” Barnes said. “Everybody knows the story from there.”

According to her $22 million civil suit against Dre for assault and battery, he allegedly grabbed her hair, slammed her face and body into a wall and kicked her in the ribs.

“I’ve done a lot of stupid s**t in my life, a lot of things that I wish I could go and take back,” Dre says in the documentary. “I’ve experienced abuse. I’ve watched my mother get abused. There’s absolutely no excuse for it. No woman should ever be treated that way.”

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14 thoughts on “Dr. Dre Apologizes For Beating Up Dee Barnes In New Doc

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  2. leadjustone on said:

    When you accidentally step on someone’s toe, saying I’m sorry is an appropriate response. For a beating that sounds like an attempted murder; I’m sorry simply does not cut it. I agree with others. He is a world class punk, and yes, maybe he is especially angry with African-American women. I believe his current girlfriend/wife/whatever is white. Wonder if it would ever occur to him to beat her senseless. Sick S.O.B.!!

    • specialt757 on said:

      You might just be right, if he’s not angry, I can’t tell, but It seems he simply has zero respect for black women. I guess it kind of shook me for a second, I didn’t know he was married to a white woman.
      It’s like if you take a hammer and hit someone in the head and cause major damage and afterwards you say “I’m sorry”, well, that doesn’t cut it, the damage is done, sorry won’t take the damage away. This should be a lesson to any abuser, saying I’m sorry only helps you, really does nothing for the other person.

  3. Chastity on said:

    I love his music but I really do not believe he is sorry. I think he is sorry that it came out. If he was truly sorry, why is he just now apologizing? If it never would have came out, he would have not apologized to her. Seeing “Straight Outta Compton” made me look at Dre in a totally different perspective. He is a punk for beating on women.

  4. The fact that he’s not been put down is a testament to the fact that he knew who to f**k with. The only thing he should be doing publicly is being eulogized.

  5. specialt757 on said:

    Saying “I’m sorry” doesn’t make the pain go away. But I’m glad he apologized although it is well past over-due. But the worse part for me, was him denying it and acting as if it didn’t happen and had people hating his victim. Back in the day when “Dre Day” and “The next episode”, I hadn’t even heard about this vicious attack, I thought the songs were dope.
    I don’t hate him, I’m not his judge or jury, his fate is in God’s hands. I’m glad Ms. Barnes won her lawsuit or settlement against him, but some scars and wounds really never heal completely. My hope is now after his public apology she can now put a period on this tragic time in her life and move on. I wish her well.

    • HELL TO DA NO HE DIDN”T!!! He even attempted to sue her over her Lifetime movie biopic that aired earlier this year if she didn’t stop the release. Low grade COWARD is what he is… Never liked him! SMDH!!!

  6. Dr Dre gave Dee Barnes a brutal beating.
    Does he have serious anger management issues or does he HATE African American women?

    Although I like Dre’s music-I can’t stand him as a man.

    No matter what Ms. Barnes had allegedly done-there was no cause for the physical as
    well as emotional pain she no doubt suffered.

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