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Dee Barnes Reacts To Dr. Dre's Apology

08/26/2015
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(Radio.com) Dr. Dre's public apology for his past abuse of women has not removed the pain from his victims. On Monday (Aug. 24) his ex, singer Michel'le, responded and she was unmoved. Now, Dee Barnes, who was at the center of the controversy surrounding Straight Outta Compton, has a few thoughts about Dre's mea culpa.

"I hope he meant it," Dee writes in an essay published Tuesday (Aug. 25). "I hope he represents these words in his life. I hope that after all these years, he really is a changed man."

Dre's statement was published by the New York Times. In it, he said "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… I'm doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again."

While Barnes expresses some skepticism of Dre's words, she, unlike Michel'le, gives Dre some credit for his statement on violence. "Dr. Dre has matured, and the women he's hurt, including myself, have endured. I'm proud to be able to say goodbye to the man who at one point was straight outta f-s to give, as he consistently dismissed and disrespected any mention of his assault history. Goodbye to the man who didn't deny it and even bragged, 'I just did it, you know. Ain't nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain't no big thing-I just threw her through a door.' Goodbye to a general public that accepted these indiscretions without so much as a second thought." Read more here.

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