Today, Dr. Dre issued a statement to The New York Times in which he apologized for his abusive past that came to light in the wake of the massively successful release of his NWA biopic with Universal Pictures, Straight Outta Compton.
Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man 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.
Dre’s apology was then followed by a statement from Apple Inc., where he currently works as a consultant following the purchase of his Beats by Dr. Dre electronics.
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”
Dre first acknowledged this trend of a problem from his past while doing an interview earlier this month with Rolling Stone.
“I made some f***ing horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, f***ing 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***ed up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”
For more on this issue and to hear the side of Dr. Dre’s past victims Dee Barnes, Michel’le, and Tairrie B, check out the exclusive coverage from The New York Times here.