HBO recently released a docuseries detailing the historic past of legendary moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine called The Defiant Ones. The film goes in deep and answers several questions about the history of hip-hop… including a controversial moment in Dre’s past.
In 1991, the legendary producer attacked then-TV host Dee Barnes at a party in Hollywood. This was around the time of the N.W.A. and Ice Cube beef, when things in the West Coast were very hectic.
Barnes had conducted an interview with Ice Cube and N.W.A. within days of each other. Producers of her show thought it would be a good idea to post the clips in the same episode. This was great for ratings, but extremely dangerous for Barnes.
Later, Dr. Dre saw Barnes at a Hollywood party. There, he attacked her physically, picking her up and slamming her against the wall.
In Part 2 of The Defiant Ones, Dr. Dre addressed his issues with women, while offering an apology. “Any man that puts his hands on a female is a f*cking idiot. He’s out of his mind, and I was out of my f*cking mind at the time,” Dre explained. “I f*cked up, I paid for it, I’m sorry for it, I apologize for it.”
From there, Dre went on to explain that the incident — and others like it — will never be forgotten. “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.”
The victim, Dee Barnes has remained very low key since the release of the documentary. She’s been posting several throwback photos of her with The D.O.C. and Dr. Dre. One of the captions read: “Six Degrees of Separation.” Possibly a book title?
This is the second time in the last few years that Dre addresses past abuse allegations. Former girlfriend/singer Michel’le came out publicly, saying that he beat her up and even shot at her on one occasion.
After these statements made their rounds, Dre admitted to it, chalking it up to being young and dumb. “I made some f*cking horrible mistakes in my life,” Dre told the Rolling Store. “I was young, f*cking 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*cked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”